21st Feb 2010
This is my first Essence Portrait of myself.
This self portrait was created as I needed it for a video on the Essence Portrait series. As I worked on the upcoming video slides and script it became apparent that a portrait of me was glaringly missing and that just using my photo or film of myself was weird within the context of the presentation.
Yet what finally motivated me to concentrate on myself, when my natural gaze is outward, way from myself, was the accidental fall I experienced a few weeks ago, which resulted in stitches on my forehead, a large bandage wrapping my head and now a scar. My face with black and blue eyes, puffy, and bandaged intrigued me as a painter. I lack vanity being a natural born clown, so I found the look most interesting and inspirational to paint. The bandage reminded me of van Gogh’s self portrait after he lost part of his ear, only his bandage was vertical and mine horizontal.
However it seemed bizarre that my first self portrait would be of myself as the walking wounded.
The strokes are all from the words of Psalm 19, my favorite. The initial Essence Portrait was of Andy Warhol and that one is also created using Psalm 19 for the strokes. It seems appropriate for Warhol also. To date these are the only two of my Essence Portraits that use this psalm.
This is actually a double self portrait as like my other works I signed it with my self portrait signature logo. The video about my signature logo portrait is embedded below this new basic Essence Portrait below.