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Self Portrait in Crimson and Black by ThanasisTzortzis Self Portrait in Crimson and Black by ThanasisTzortzis
Painted Sketch Oils on Paperboard (A4)

When you have no models to work from life, the best choice is a self portrait.

This is supposed to be a colored study for a self portrait on canvas, I have no idea when and If, so I hope you like it.
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artbyfieldsofsage Mar 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder how long it took you to paint this self portrait.  Do you go back to it, over & over again, for days on-end ... and then wait long months for the oil to dry?  I love everything about this painting.  The pensive gaze is what draws me to the painting ... it makes me wonder what you are thinking, contemplating, remembering.  The dark crimson makes it feel as though it is a cross between The Scarlet Letter and something akin to subjective royalty, as if the man in the painting intended to scale a throne but fate intervened and denied him his birthright.  Or maybe the worn pages of the book that you've read so many times has finally given up it's secret to you.  And is that a pillow on your right?  I don't know if the man in the painting is accustomed to creature comforts or perhaps he's content with just a few material possessions, just enough to assure that he can function creatively and intellectually in his world.  I think what I'm trying to say is ... this painting speaks volumes ... and I'm certain it tells a different story to every pair of eyes that fall upon it.  
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ThanasisTzortzis Mar 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
First of all thank you so much for dedicating so much of time in order to carefully observe and have thoughts about my work, I don't know how to thank you! It really honors me greatly.
Now about the this specific work, I've painted it alla prima within a day(about 5-6 hours). Sorry it didn't took so long as you mention!:)If I would paint it in larger scale then it would take me long to finish it and be happy with it at the same time.
You are so...precise. You understood so much already! I really like the 19th century in style manner, but life back then was even harder not better. I like a simple life:
<< he's content with just a few material possessions, just enough to assure that he can function creatively and intellectually in his world >> you just described what I want.
Finally I want to say an enormus THANK YOU for your precious time!:)


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artbyfieldsofsage Mar 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes life gets so hectic & burdened that I can't for-the-life-of-me find the words to properly express myself.  I'm so glad I was able to give you a healthy critique/observation.  When I saw your self portrait and my whole being went WOW, well, the words just fell out of my head and onto my keyboard.  By-the-by, I do like to write (mostly poetry and short stories) ... and I hope to find time to upload some of my writings to DA soon.  And I also want to upload my photography.  So keep a watch-out for me ... cause I'm just around the corner, so to speak!  Meantime, keep painting!
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ThanasisTzortzis Mar 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That is wonderful. I look forward to read from you. You do photography too? I wish I was more ''meticulous'' with all artists here on DA. Well I keep trying! :)
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artbyfieldsofsage Mar 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried all of last evening to upload some of my poetry and I could NOT figure out what format to use.  I wish DA had a HELP menu!  As for my photography, it is mostly just travel photos; however, I do have an eye for things out of the ordinary.  I especially like graffiti, things lost, personal notes left behind, anything that transcends above & beyond the obvious.  As they say, life is in the details.
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xxAgonisticMiseryxx Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I can't paint that well....
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ThanasisTzortzis Jan 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes you can and better than that if you put plenty of time to it.Thanks for the compliment btw.
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xxAgonisticMiseryxx Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will attempt to have your determination and perseverance then.
And your welcome.
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kayjensen Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
[link] 2012 feature here :thanks:
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ThanasisTzortzis Jan 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so honored, THANK YOU SO MUCH MY FRIEND!
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