Working on a New Self Portrait

Okay. Here is what it looks like right about now.

It’s a running joke that I paint so many self portraits that I am my best subject. This is the first self portrait since this one. Just for the record, I have been painting other things.

I’ve become aware of how these portraits work as personal reflection / confrontation. To that end this current work is very much a search for a new sense of identity in a new city, Philadelphia.

The painting is perhaps %75 done. And it has come a long way. At first it was very muddy (corresponding to the feeling of sorting out Philadelphia), and then I took a razor and actually cut the form out of the mud.

I’ve been painting in the mornings, and the sky has been switching between blue and grey. I’ve been trying to keep up.

Parts that need work, the values inside the room. The outside values are extremely bright, so I am constantly reminding myself to darken the inside values.

I also have to fix up the mouth. It’s not sitting on the jaw properly.

CasiNO!

Went to a fair on South Street today that had various eco-related ventures and goings on in Philly.  In addition to a free sample of some citrus cleaner, there were several interesting booths…..  

Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront
www.NABRhood.org

These folks are currently trying to stop the Casino onslaught on the Philadelphia Rivers.  It really is amazing.  Money speaks loudest everywhere it seems.  It says they have weekly meetings, so more on this to come.

and Environmental Leadership Program
Regional Networks.

This seems to be a training camp for environmental folks. Could be interesting!  Applications are available starting next week. 

Welcome.

On the cusp of a move to Philadelphia, I create my first blog entry.

We have dedicated a room in the apartment to painting, and there are 3 windows with a nice amount of light.

I plan to work on a painting show entitled “Impressions.” It will be about the South Philly landscape and the Nature/Culture relationships that exist across it.

We will miss you Pittsburgh.

stay tuned…
(and patient as I work out the kinks in this journal)