daily painting titled Night portrait

Night portrait

16cm x 13cm (6"x5"), oil on gessoed card Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Monday 3 May, 2010
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ahhhh to achieve that loose brushwork and make it look so effortless. brilliant self portrait!

love it!

a leap forward

.. in age!

Not in age at all, but there is a seriousness, a grim downturn to your mouth that makes me think of your recent loss. I also wonder, as if I can see the results of the spring sun on your skin and in the highlights of your hair, why you paint yourself in closed quarters, like some ol' Dutchman? Now out to the garden or the night sky...

This is a truly wonderful portrait. The colors and the brushwork are so beautiful.

Great piece, Julian! The brushwork is stellar.

Brilliant inspiration! I should be as brave. What colors do you use to get those flesh tones? Fresh but not clean. Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Love that determined curl and those eyes!
They say so much........

Piercing stare! So acute! So vivid!
And what a tremendous white highlight into the left eye: like a milestone, a sparkling star. The high point for me of this heart-rending virtuoso painting.

It reminds me of a similar(funny)detail of a sparkling eye in the history of Art: "The luncheon of the Boating Party" by Renoir.
For these who want to search...

http://bullisart9.blogspot.com/2008/09/critical-method-luncheon-of-boating.html

or

www.renoirgallery.com/gallery.asp?id=165

this is one of your best self portraits i think. it's real, honest,
gutsy and powerful.


A subtle, masterful monochromatic study;
engaging and emotional.

A fierce and beautiful self-portrait of clear, honest feelings. It is an outrageously wonderful piece of art.