PAOTM October 2021 – self portraits

We have drawn and painted many well-known people over the last year, so this month we created a self portrait. They are all so good and easily recognisable, well done everyone who took part!

Doreen drew her self portrait using coloured pencils, using a photo as reference. You can see how well Doreen got her likeness. It’s super work as we can see instantly that it is her.

Cynthia painted her likeness with watercolours. With her bright red hat Cynthia makes her portrait immediately an explosion of colour and by emphasising her eyes she draws our gaze directly to hers. It’s beautifully painted.

Patrick’s self portrait is the most mysterious of all. Created using his favourite medium of coloured pencils, Patrick stares straight out of the picture, but as our eyes wander around the picture we see several images that make us wonder about them. A full explanation of all these images is needed, Patrick!

Steve’s self portrait is a bold likeness and true to life with very good skin tones. There are yellows, pinks, browns and blues in the skin colour, which all add interest to his painting. It took about 5 hours and is acrylic on Bockingford watercolour paper.

Tracy has long admired Pablo Picasso’s paintings so decided to paint herself in an abstract way, based on Picasso’s 1931 portrait of his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter called ’The Red Armchair’. Tracy zoomed in on the face a little and tried to make the portrait look like her by adding her glasses and changing the hair. It took about 2 hours and is watercolour, Posca pens and marker pens on watercolour paper.

Picasso’s original painting ‘The Red Armchair’ 1931

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