Today I finally got up the courage to work on a self portrait for my marketing materials and this is the result. Any woman over 50 and on the chubby side like I am knows just how excruciating it is to have to look at yourself with such scrutiny. I think we all prefer to remember our younger selves, don't we?
I procrastinated doing this for over a year and just got tired of having it hanging over my head.
There is also an artist I know who is convinced that it is a bad thing to show yourself at all. "Let the work stand for itself. You'll spoil their vision of who made the art they are enjoying. It's like seeing a movie of a favorite book and the casting is all wrong."
My new studio walls worked well for the background and that pleases me. This is natural light and I am sitting at my desk but turned toward the light.