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Friday, September 29, 2017

Plein Air & Self Portrait Oil Painting

Grand Final holiday! Another reason why Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world. 
I’d suggest that Victorian Government do the same every time National Gallery of Victoria opens its Winter Master’s exhibition as ‘Grand Opening holiday’. If you do the Sports, why don’t you do Arts? It’s very fair dinkum to me. 

Because weather focast says it’s going to rain in the afternoon, I went to Banyule Swamp early morning. It was very sunny and the light was beautiful. 

I painted from here many times, but, it’s been a while since last time. It’s very peaceful and I felt very relaxed. 
I spent 2.5 hours. 

Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 

As predicted, it got cloudy in the afternoon, so, I decided to do another selfie in my studio (bathroom) after lunch. 

I played Bill Evans while painting this one. Genius. Portrait is always an enormous challenge. I can’t really relax. It’s very frustrating. However, I’ve slowly started to learn how not to think about it as a portrait. At the end of the day, it’s all about shapes and tones. Well, that’s what Greg tells us all the time. 
I spent 2 hours. I think it’s better than the last time. 

Oil on canvas. 11x8 in. 

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