Monday, May 18, 2015

"Birthday Cake" (oil on stretched canvas; 14" x 11") nfs


I don't know why, but I have always been shy about painting myself.  But as a practice, because only practice makes perfect and I need models, I decided to paint a self-portrait, using a photo my daughter took on my last birthday.  I am looking at a candle-lit chocolate cake.  Don't I look happy?

The hardest part was naturally the mouth, as the famous John Singer Sargent said, a portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth!  I am not sure whether it is exactly me, but it must be close enough.  All the people who saw it knew immediately that it was a self-portrait.  Below are some of the step-by-step pictures.



  1. This is a first class painting. Everything works.
    I enjoyed seeing the WIP steps and thank you for taking the time.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Julie!