I wanted to paint a self-portrait that would convey a feeling rather than simply capture a likeness. I decided to add a touch of humor to take away from the awkwardness of such careful self-scrutiny. In this painting I can barely keep my eyes open, I’m draped across the table staring longingly at the pouring coffee.
I kept the shapes soft, and colours unified in an effort to reflect her slumbering mind. The perspective is from the back of the expresso machine, the espresso cup without weight as she wills it to fill just that little bit quicker. While painting it I changed a lot of things as my ideas developed and I grew dissatisfied with elements of the composition. Working on panel allowed me a lot more freedom: it is a robust painting service, which can stand a little rough handling. Painting on wood also throws into relief mark making and the vibrancy of the paint, hopefully giving the final product a feeling of freshness.
Oil on MDF board