Monday, February 22, 2010

artist self-portrait in pencil, 10x10

Self-portraits for our last week of Misty Mawn's class, Drawing & Painting Portraits. What a fabulous class let me tell you, do consider taking it if you want to study portraiture in mixed media.

I have grown in SO many ways during this class, Misty really goes all out with lots of videos & instructions, not to mention her weekly assignments to get your creative juices flowing. Personally, I'm not terribly fond of self-portraits, whether painted or photographed (I like to be on the viewfinder side of the camera thank you very much) and have always thought of them as vain & self-indulgent. However, I've come to believe that they are a necessary part of the creative process and our own unique journey....

"Temet Nosce: thine own-self you must know" (from The Matrix: Revolutions translated in the movie as 'know thyself'.) It's something to aspire to, don't you think? If we don't delve deep enough to find out who we truly are, what we are here to do in this life - how can we ever reach our full potential...find our purpose?

(p.s. more self-portrait assignments in the works w/collage & paints, will try to share those soon.....until then, be well.)

5 comments:

Martha Lever said...

WOW, so beautiful! I didn't even attempt it. All your drawings are wonderful.

Jennifer White said...

It's fabulous Laura!! And... L-O-V-E the new blog banner. Hope you're doing well! xo

Debbie Egizio said...

What a beautiful self portrait! Sounds like a fabulous class and I too now understand the importance of self portraits. Plus you have a subject ready and willing at any given moment.

Regina said...

This is gorgeous! I need to learn profiles and get over myself a bit to do a self portrait. I'm taking Sharon Tomlinson's faces class which is fun & informative, but I am SO far behind.
Like your post as well as the drawing!

ValGalArt said...

beautiful :)