Sunday, June 1, 2008

continuing in Mary's mole...

I just got back from Florida... I'm continuing with the theme of gentler renderings in Mary's mole... she also suggested that anyone who felt compelled could try a self portrait, so I did.

I've been having a really hard time personally lately (difficult trip), and I found that doing a self portrait really alleviated some of the pain. Amazing. I've only done one other in my life... I think I will keep in mind that they seem to be good for my brain.

self portrait Bips
page from trade moleskine


ian russell said...

Excellent portrait, Jess.

Out of interest, did you find after a while you're not so aware it's you you were drawing? I find that but maybe it's just me being odd. it's actually good therapy, I think, because when people generally look in the mirror they don't consider their whole face, the relationship of the various bits, but focus in on just one bit - the bit they probably like least!

steve said...

Wow Jess, these are all wonderful. I'm glad you could find some solace in your art and i certainly hope you feel better soon.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! These are wonderful. I feel deeply honored and thank you. :-D

I'm so pleased that you did a self-portrait and even more pleased that it made you feel better, even if only briefly!!! Hope you do continue to find solace and joy in your wonderful work.

I love kitties and wings! :-D YAY!

Very sweetly done.

Andrea said...

These are very delicate and beautiful, nice job on the wings!

Jess said...

Thanks guys!!

Hey Ian, i think you may have hit on something...

I never thought about it, but the way I look at my face in the mirror when I'm all into a self-critical mood is way different than the way I look at something I'm trying to draw from life (you know, getting the whole thing, considering spatial relationships, etc).

I wonder if doing self-portraits from life could reprogram your brain somehow... that would be quite useful.

I think another couple types of self-portraits that would be interesting to do are these... to use a mirror, but draw a sort of fantasy portrait, morphing your features into how you WISH you looked... and also a caricature version that distorts real features to represent how you perceive yourself on days when you feel bad about yourself.

Would make an interesting triptych... :D

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

What a great idea! Cool! :-D

I'd love to see some efforts in that direction!