Self Poor Traits

Self poor traitsThe foundation of this painting (the actual “portrait”) was done a few months ago, but I never felt it was a complete painting. It had been a very quick creation. After smearing blue paint on the white canvas I had noticed a few lighter patches that gave a vague impression of a head.

There were also “eyes” in the appropriate place, so I concentrated on the face like features, adding a smudge of paint here and scratching a bit from there to enhance its face-likeness.

Yesterday I took inspiration from an earlier “self portrait” I’d done to add some stencilled text refering tos ome of the artist’s less admirable characteristics, in other words his  “poor traits”.

2 thoughts on “Self Poor Traits

  1. Just as I suspected, from your description I knew you were describing a painting by Barnett Newman. He came from a long line of tailors who were contracted to provide new Imperial clothing. (Hence the description applied to his paintings: “zippers”)

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