This is my most recent painting, it is my final AS piece, so it was painted at the beginning of May.
I feel like this painting illustrates my current work standard better than previous posts.
I'm getting the hang of painting now!
I was painting using Lucian Freud as influence, as I'm sure countless other A level students across England were. There was such a surge of Freud love when he died. He's been one of my favourite painters since the beginning of my experience with paint, I discovered him whilst leafing aimlessly through a pile or art books in the school art library, and when I came across his book, I was arrested by his total honesty with and insight into the human form. Ever since I have been a devotee, by looking at his paintings, I learnt to paint. In a way, Lucian Freud taught me to paint.
Anyway, This is probably my favourite painting of mine so far. I hope I haven't portrayed myself as excessively vain, it was never an exercise in personal appearance . It is more of a psychological exploration than an aesthetic one.
Also, there is a reflection across my right eye which makes the right side of the face look lighter than it is. The photo was taken while the paint was still very wet, I'm not sure what it looks like now its dry, its still being marked (eek).
16" x 20"
Oil on canvas
Completed in: 8 hours