Friday, 4 October 2013


I don't usually post all of my self portraits, although I might slip one of them in as a profile picture every now and then.

I tend to use them as practice pieces and as a way of trying out new ideas or materials. They're great for messing around with colour; it's a lot easier to represent brown hair as blue than it is to paint a blue sky in brown.

This one was an idea (one that worked quite nicely). I wondered what it would be like if I painted using only secondary colours. Obviously, you can't make primaries from secondaries (although there seems to be a recognisable yellow in places), but the range of colours is still pretty wide.

I used acrylic paint, Daler-Rowney's System 3 Cadmium Orange, Sap Green and Deep Indigo along with some Liquitex Unbleached Titanium White (often known as "buff"). I applied it, mostly with a one centimetre flat brush (later details with a small round), to a free sample of paper intended specifically for acrylic. The finished painting is approximately A5.

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