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New Painting: "Self Portrait at 39"


Self Portrait at 39
12 x 16 inches, oil on panel 

I have been working on this self portrait for the last couple of months. It was an interesting challenge to take the same process I use for still-life and apply it to a self portrait.

The painting is an homage to an 18th century German-born painter I recently discovered named Christian Seybold (1697-1768). I find his painting of a woman in a green veil particularly stunning. I was thrilled to see how he created extremely fine realist surface detail, supported by a structural understanding of the underlying form, and I tried to emulate this. I also took inspiration from the scale and cropping of the portrait, the fur collar, and the paintbrush tucked behind one ear. 

I’ll be posting the initial drawing and all the stages of the painting as a slideshow soon. Here are some close-ups:

Reader Comments (13)

This is a stunningly beautiful painting . Thank you for sharing this. I am awaiting the slideshow - Congratulations - Nadia

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

God job. Very god job.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrés

Incredibly beautiful!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Amazing translucency and color! Thanks so much for sharing the process!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Sadie- It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew D. Innis

Sadie, breathtakingly beautiful!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarolyn

Very beautiful Sadie.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Paris

Rich and beautiful - we are running out of words...thank you for keeping me inspired!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Commette

It is so inspiring to see your paintings and skill grow and improve. It helps me believe in the future of my own art. Thanks.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Thank you, everyone! Will keep you posted about the slideshow, coming soon!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSadie

This is amazing Sadie! I love it!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie

Sadie, Love the light!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

Congratulations. Worth of old masters...I love your paintings and respect you. Wish you alll the best. Lidija

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLidija Ojstersek

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