Thursday, 8 September 2011

painting yourself

When asked what a ‘self-portrait’ might be, Bianca was eager to share what she knew; a self portrait is when ‘you paint yourself’.  Exactly.  But not on yourself, we joked!  You paint a picture of yourself.  Oh how we laughed! 

Anyway, in this case, it would be a painting of our head (and neck) and shoulders.

Your face is an ‘oval’  shape, confirmed Melchior, tracing in the air with a confident finger.  We would use a cut-out oval to trace (‘draw’ as Bianca told us) round – ovals tend to be rather wobbly when you are only five years old.  Or even when you are as old as I am!


Next, two lines for the neck (so the head has something to help it stay on the shoulders) a curve for the head-hole of your tee-shirt and some good strong shoulders.  Now for a bit of paint-mixing.  Pinks, yellows, browns, white…..


all available to help you create your own shade of skin.

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Add some nice bright colours…..

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for the background.

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Careful Joseph…..


remember – not on yourself…..

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but of yourself!

Our (of-not-on) self-portraits still have no hair;


they have no eyes, no noses.  No smiles.  Well, none on the papers yet.  These we will add next time, when our skin and those wonderful backgrounds are dry.


Watch this space!

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