- Title: 3 Self-Portraits
- Medium: Oil on Canvas
- Size in Centimeters: 30 x 90
- Year: 2012
- Made in: Rome, Italy
- Collection of the Artist
This image hangs in my studio as a reminder of how much difference an edge can make. The paintings were made during the course “Velazquez Revisited: Portraits all Prima” in the Spring of 2012.
From the bottom up:
- Thinking line instead of mass. Edges remain sharp (more or less);
- Thinking mass instead of line. Masses are blended vigorously after each 15 minute session with a dry bristle brush;
- A composite of the first two: start with mass, then blend, then repeat. Then think line and edge. It never ceases to amaze me how this counter-intuitive process (mass before line) changes the dynamics.