This self portrait illustration was created in response to the beautifully talented Angelica Hagman, a young adult fiction writer and hobby photographer. Angelica wrote an introspective and captivatingly eery short story about self discovery and the oft-times jarring awakening we have to secrets kept hidden, even from ourselves. Hoping she publishes it someday because it was fabulous!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
The first painting in a "yet-to-materialize" series of whimsical landscape paintings. (including the blue Rancho San Antonio below). An effort to break out of my meticulously small painting format and expand with bigger more melodious brushstrokes. I am absolutely enchanted by the magical artistry of the Californian landscape. My weekly commute down highway 280 along the Peninsula is endlessly breathtaking at every hour of the day. I am ever inspired and in awe of natures grand design.
This was my first attempt at painting large! Living in a one bedroom apartment makes this particularly challenging, however Home Depot has some great canvas dropcloths which I used to cover my dining room table. Just set up the canvas on my portable easel which folds into a backpack (used in Florence Italy for landscape painting) and voila! a makeshift art studio. Next time, I will invest in larger tubes of paint.