Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s annual portrait painting competition, I’ve begun a self portrait on canvas based on a self portrait that I did on watercolor paper a month or so ago. The peculiar hinge in the portrait is what inspired me. If I can spend 100 or more hours on this painting, I might actually submit it, but it’s the most prestigious portrait competition on earth, so….
The portrait that has inspired me. “Hinge”, from September 2019
I paint upside down when I’m referencing another image. I flip the canvas back and forth constantly, upside down, then right side up and often turn the reference image away so I can paint a new work rather than copy it. I don’t have a problem copying it, it’s just exciting to try something new.