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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Paint Party Friday- April 1st!

 The challenge at Inspiration Avenue this week was to do a self portrait- and what a challenge it was!  I decided to do a more "comical" view of myself- from my Halloween pictures.  Those of you who don't remember, here's a refresher:
I did take the liberty of flipping it- I'm not sure why, but I prefer it this way.  Anyway, I decided to post it in it's unfinished-ness for Paint Party Friday- my new favorite Friday hangout!  Hopefully, I'll be able to pull myself from the party to get this finished- if not, I'll be posting a WIP at IA as well as PPF!  My current thoughts on this piece are; 
  • the stripey section- I like the dark tones, but want to change the green- maybe pale cobalt?
  • not sure I like the green roses am again thinking of cobalt plus more magenta.....
  • there will be more abstracty white/cream lines swirling throughout
  • the three "squares" represent my children and will feature either butterflies or Koi
I wanted to be really playful with this and try to capture the "fun" of being an artist- being able to play pretend every time I pick up a paintbrush....also I've been loving Steampunk lately so I threw a little of that in there too and of COURSE, I had to have flowers in there!
I also got a kick out doing this, because I need something to represent myself in my traveling sketchbook.  More on that later......
So Happy Paint Party Friday- see you guys tomorrow!
Stephanie

33 comments:

peggy gatto said...

Oh my, she is divine!!!
this is just so fun and really beautifully painted!!!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay!! How beautiful...and fabulous..shine on my friend.... a gorgeous self portait! I love the colors and creative expression...stunning!

Tara Dillard said...

How do you do this? Art gushing out of you.

KNEW it was you at first tiny thumbnail view.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Heather said...

This is beautiful and so are YOU! Wow, you've really done a good capturing you. Your right on with the face and expressive smile Perfect. Nice job.

Regina said...

Stephanie...I LOVE this self portrait. It is awesome and so captures you...such a beauty!!! I love butterflies but for some reason I think the Koi's would fit more into the painting. Just my thoughts ^_^

Hugs,
Regi


You always pull your colors together so go with what you are thinking!!!

Pointy Pix said...

This is a wonderfully original and inventive take on a self portrait! I love your halloween costume btw! I think the colours you've used are fantastic together with the whimsical and steampunk elements. I can't wait to see this finished.

miz katie said...

OOooh, Stephanie!! I LOVE this one. Sooo creative with the background, and the flip.

SHERI C said...

Don't know which I like more...the artwork or the reference! Wonderful idea for self-portrait. Ya gotta do one with the cat!!!

NatashaMay said...

Awesome! Love the face.

Joann said...

I love this piece ...so whimsical! You did a great job on the self portrait.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I remember the post from Halloween, and I love the photo, as well as the painted image you created from your photo. I actually like the green, but I'm sure you must see a bigger picture.

La Abela said...

Hi I like your self portrait is a way of showing oiginal. And how do surprises me, I work from a sketch and took all the work at once (stained, dark, light and glare) in that order. Greetings

ileana said...

Elegant and creative...I'm loving it as is so far, but the creams will be a nice touch later. You are inspiring me to create another self portrait...maybe a little pinup-style painting just for giggles! I love your work, chica! Happy PPF!!

Kristin Dudish said...

This is such a fun self-portrait! (I really like the green roses - I think they are a wonderful complement to the red cloak)

I'm looking forward to seeing this finished...

xo
Kristin

Hybrid J said...

A very lively piece. The color palette works well together. Love to see the finished work. Well Done! ;)

Gloria said...

Oh I really love this Stephanie. The colors just jump out at you. She/you look so happy and ready to face the world type of look. Great job.

art2cee2 said...

This is just a wonderful self portrait...the colors gorgeous!:-)

Christine said...

this is beautiful, looks like the party side of yourself, definitely outgoing.

EVA said...

Great WIP - and such a fun self-portrait! Perfect for a party!!

Representing yourself - it is a tough one to figure out, I think! This is great!

Msartist said...

I just love everything about this painting. I can't wait to see it done. I am playing along this week with IA too. Party perfect! ~Theresa

Roban Studio said...

I love this piece too! The playfulness has certainly come out and it's almost very French looking. Since you mentioned the flowers, what about making them yellow for a more analagous color scheme. That would make them pop. Can't wait to see it finished. Have a great day.

Pam Tucker said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! So creative to use the costume as inspiration. Love your colors and I agree with you; I like it flipped this way. Steampunk addition is GREAT! Looking forward to the finished piece!

Marlene said...

Wow, Awesome - you really captured yourself which is for me hard to do. Wonderfully done and so much fun to look at with all the great elements you have added.

WrightStuff said...

Just wonderful - you definitely captured that playful element.

Melisa said...

I'm loving this! I wouldn't say it was comical, but fun and lighthearted. I think it's going to be smashing!

Anne said...

Totally gorgeous and what a fun way to do a self portrait. What a great halloween costume, too, btw!

Oh, and I love the green roses, though on my computer they look more blue than green.

Heather said...

What a wonderful self portrait! So fun!

gemma said...

You really captured a likeness Stephanie. Love it all,the costume, the makeup, the composition, your angle.....cool!

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

This is great!! I love the way artists can create a reality, especially around themselves. Love the bold stripes and the fan, and your backwards glance adds a seductiveness...beautiful color contrast! Your cat seems to like your hat :) Happy weekend!

ThisTinder said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job! Self portraits is something that still feels like another universe to me!
~Kerry

Mary Hysong said...

thank you for your lovely comments on my first PPF! I love your work, can't wait to see your finished portrait!

Kat W said...

This is looking gorgeous. I love the colours, detail and meaning behind it. Plus I'm amazed at how you've captured the likeness from the photo. So talented!!

Kat X

Netty said...

Oh wow your self portrait style is wonderful, am so loving this work of art. Annette x