“I am not altogether displeased with the shirt-front”…. Paul Cezanne, after 115 sittings for a portrait of Ambriose Vollard!
I am a list maker. If you suffer from the same affliction, you may be familiar with the good and the bad of it. It leads to two things: satisfaction in getting the job done and ticking it off the list, or procrastination….and in procrastination lies a little fear of failure and a lot of seeking perfection (among other things). So, a series of self-portraits has been on my list since day one and I have successfully ignored it so far! I have however, done or dabbled in most of the other things on my To Do List, like fruit, boats, flowers, landscapes, etc. and a lot of those have remained as friends to be re-visited every now and then. Current best friend being flowers…with just a touch of friction building up!
It was very difficult to start (having played around with flowers for so long) so I decided to 1) do it on paper (not wasting canvas), 2) go for unfamiliar colours, and 3) set a time limit of 90 minutes. Ouch! They are meant to be exercises, not great works of art! Once my time is up, I am not allowed to go back and fix. That is quite a challenge.
So, here is no 1 and like any good story……to be continued….!!