Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Karin"


6 x 6"
oil on masonite
NFS

Next up on the alphabet is K ...... and a friend of mine suggested a while back that I try a self-portrait. Yikes. There's a first time for everything. I have a larger view on my website if you're interested - not that you wanna see my face as big as your screen - but there's some cool brushwork involved. I tried so hard to stay loose on this.


24 comments:

Alice Thompson said...

Very Expressive. Don't let this be the last!

indiaartist said...

You have created that magic once again. Such a detailed study on such a small piece. I adore your paintings.

Chris said...

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.

James said...

So, mirror or photo/double mirror?

I've always wondered which self portraits through history are mirror imaged.

Nice exercise.

Katherine said...

Well you know that Rembrandt did a few of these..... ;)

If this is your first ever self-portrait Karen I think you should be very, very proud of yourself - well done!

Takeyce said...

Beautiful, Karin!

Judy said...

Karin, this is a great piece, absolutely masterful and very expressive. Fabulous work as always! I always look forward to seeing your latest piece.

Deb Kirkeeide said...

This is awesome. And inspiring...

ckayser said...

Karin! You nailed it from what I know you to look like from your site/blog. So insprining! You kept you looseness nicely. I love the dramatic lighting. I did one similar in this regard called, "Go Sista" a black woman emerging from darkness in to light with the light in that painting. 3rd page of my gallery on http://www.clairekayser.com


Cheers,
Claire

janabouc said...

Hi Karin,
You're right about the beautiful, loose expressive brushwork on this one. I so admire your work. I'm curious if you did this looking in a mirror or from a photo?

olyaaa said...

love your brush stroke

Michelle Smith said...

Excellent contrast and lighting. Very good, especially for a first try at a self-portrait.

Sarah Fox said...

This is soooo beautiful!!! You kept all the colors fresh and the brushwork interesting. I've loved your work for a long time, and I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful self-portrait. Thanks!

Karin Jurick said...

I did this from a photograph I took - more practical, timing wise. Thank you all for the feedback, it means a lot.

Carol H. said...

This is gorgeous! I think you should do more portraits! I love the dramatic lighting, and your color sense is incredible.

Do you make a freehand sketch from a photo or do you grid it somehow onto your panel?

Karin Jurick said...

Most are done freehand, with a light pencil or just the paint.

Cheryl McCarley said...

Very dramatic! I'm amazed that you painted this as a 6x6. With all the details and brushstrokes it comes off as a larger piece. How much time did this take you?

Jimmie Anne Stephens said...

This is wonderful Karen! I just hope that my paintings will one day be as expressive as yours!

Tracy said...

Oooooh yeah! Cool brushstrokes indeed! And I might add the extra risk-taking involved in self-portraits vs other people. Well done!

Steven said...

Yay! That's awesome.

Jason Waskey said...

Pretty darn awesome, Karin.

NJN said...

Karin, the brushwork is fantastic. I've looked at the larger image on your website and I have to say that the painting really needs to be seen in a larger view to appreciate the dexterity with which you've handled the paint, and the expressive brushstrokes. You are an inspiring painter! Can I just ask you, how long would you spend on a painting like this, did you complete this painting in one session - wet into wet? Thanks. Neil.

www.Neil-Nelson.blogspot.com

David Lloyd said...

Just stunning, Love.

Alvin Richard said...

Good luck with your portrait in the American Artist's Self-Portrait Competition!, It's a strong contentder.