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.
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!
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!
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.