During January and February I took a Jane Davies self-portrait class. During this six week period I created numerous pieces. Although many of the self-portraits are not an exact self-replication, they each are me in some way and yet they each have their own personality.
I think Abraham appears to look like Abraham Lincoln. This piece is a compilation of seven separate self-portraits. Abraham became a postcard and eventually has ended up on Seth Apter's 2012 inspiration board. Even though Abraham is very serious like the President, he is smiling on the inside and happy to be in NYC. This piece represents me as I relate to Abe's commitment to the rights of others.
|Abraham - self portrait|
|Daydream of Years Gone By - self portrait|
This is a compilation of four self-portraits using a variety of mediums.
The Doorway is a sketch of a door in San Francisco. In this Jane Davies exercise we included text with image. The fish has no particular significance other than I liked it and remember many San Francisco fish dinners during my childhood.
|The Doorway - sketchbook self portrait|
Say Cheese was created to honor my friend, Bob, who died of liver cancer in January. Bob endured thirteen months of tests and operations. He was an elementary teacher who retired to Arizona. The crow's name is Prometheus and represents the death. I included a personal message about Bob on a postcard version of this piece. The postcard was mailed across the country to an artist friend. Somehow I felt that by mailing the postcard I was honoring Bob and sending the message to him.
The head is a self-portrait, however, and not a representation of Bob. Only the symbolism in the piece is Bob's story.
|Say Cheese self portrait|
|Urban Cowboy - self portrait|
|Paris Remembered - self portrait|
|James - self portrait|
In many of Jane Davies classes we do blind contours. This piece is one of those. I found an ad in a magazine and thought it would make a good frame for my self-portrait.
|blind contour self portrait|