For my Mastering Colour class I just completed a portrait of Grey Owl. (available on the video clips page) That portrait was created by teasing the face out of a dark, blue background. I wanted to demonstrate another portrait that used more life like colours. Because I also want to video tape the painting of this portrait and put it on the web site Art Instruction Blog, I chose an image from one of my own photographs. I chose to work with a self portrait which I had previously painted in the class I took with Sharon Williams. I felt a certain comfort level with it since I had painted this image before. But as it goes in painting, the piece took a different direction very early in the process. It had a much stronger value pattern than the first version. (See above). Since the face had this greater value range I felt that the background needed to be stronger also. This has made it into a very different take than the first version but I feel that it works. I’m reminded, once again, of the words of Stephen Quiller – Listen to the painting! For better or worse that’s what I did with this piece.