A GROUP OF ARTISTS PAINTING ON CALIFORNIA'S NORTH COAST.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
'Plein Air Self-Portrait' by Jim McVicker
Here I am in my summer back yard outfit looking at my reflection in a large mirror duct taped to a tree. I spent several afternoons from about 1:30 to 4pm standing in front of the mirror observing myself, the easel and what I saw behind me. I'm glad I didn't start it early in the day as we haven't seen the morning sun for a few weeks. I really enjoyed the process of painting myself outdoors in the warm afternoon sun. The apple tree was an interesting but difficult background to paint. I like the shape of the tree and color notes of the apples. By accident I made the sepia jpeg below. I like how one can really see how the values work in the painting so, thought I would post it as well. Oil on linen 18x14