self portrait

I’m letting myself have one majestic self-portrait before I embrace my middle-aged librarianliness. I have the rest of my life to paint my withered cheeks flapping in the wind.

In progress:

This was my first time using Arches oil paper, and it’s pretty fantastic. Way less pressure not to screw it up, at about $1.00 per page. And it’s fairly archival. You can always mount them to boards later if you want. If this one turns out really nicely, I might try it again on gessobord, but I like the feel of the paper so far.

 

Finished:

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