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  • I gave myself the assignment of attempting to paint a self-portrait without looking in the mirror or at a photograph. It turned out to be challenging indeed. The first one I did on the cover of my journal in acrylics, but I wasn't happy with it, so I decided to try another in gouache. Only trouble was, the gouache was all dried out, thus giving the streaky appearance. I finally gave up on that one, too. But it was an instructive experiment! I don't really know what my own face looks like--not clearly enough to paint it. In order to paint something you have to be able to see it, first. And I don't study my face all that often!

    The middle image was an earlier version of the second one, which I made look more like myself when I was younger. I don't really believe I am almost 70.
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