Charcoal on paper
38 x 25 1/2 inches
First initial stage.
This past week has been a tumultuous one at home so today I decided to play hooky from work and make a self-portrait. I hadn't made a self-portrait since I was an undergraduate at Humboldt State University. I started this at about 9 this morning and stopped working around 3 in the afternoon with a break for lunch and letting the dog out occasionally.
Dirty hands at lunchtime.
Making art is one of the most therapeutic endeavors I know of. Personally, it helps me forget about the world around me and allows me to focus on something I enjoy. I found so much peace today in the simple rubbing of the charcoal into the paper. While making this I also listened to the dead Can Dance album Toward the Within. With the combination of good music and making art I found myself lost in the shapes, lines and values of the charcoal. Total bliss.
2 1/2 hours into it.
I plan on finishing this in the next couple of days of which I will put it up for sale on dailypaintworks.com. Look for it!! -M