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Before the Haircut

Before the Haircut
Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2010
1st place - monthly qualifier of McClelland Guild of Artists "Artist of the Year" competition (May 2010)
Pastel portrait of the artist on the way to the shower. The white part is the towel I am holding. This was an impromptu photo which resulted in a nice enough photo to move me to have a go at a self portrait.
Whilst on the way to the bathroom my husband decided that he needed more photos of me. This is why there is a towel in the way, as I am not very comfortable in front of the camera.
A couple of the photos came out far better than I expected, so good that I decided to make them both into artworks. One is now an acrylic painting and the other is this pastel.
A recent demonstrating artist at one of the guilds I attend helped me approach this when they said that we should be looking at areas of colour and tone, not just what the subject necessarily was, for example a nose, mouth or eyes etc. With this in my mind I have tried to relax and see what I am doing in a new light. What is so great is that it worked so well that I am re-learning how to do all my work with far better results and tackling new subjects that I would have avoided before, such as this self portrait.
Dimensions: 30 cm (width) × 40 cm (height)
Ownership: Artist
Credit: Original photography by Stephen Welker

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