Self Portrait at 36, a start

My demo painting for the Self Portraiture class I am teaching right now. This is the first couple layers. The first layer I demo-ed in class, and this week in my home studio I did some expressive color underpainting in order to show one of my students how to marry that with the greys of Master’s Technique for realistic but more personally expressive work. 

My hand, in a peace sign, floating on a cloud, holds a shell up. The shell emits bubbles, 4 of which contain symbols of gifts I have attained from pain in my life. The fifth bubble will be me painting from life in class. The gift of now. The cloud floats over a Pacific Northwest landscape with an S shaped path.