Friday, February 03, 2012

February ~ The Self Portrait Attempt

Not Self Portrait Self
mixed media on paper
4" x 6"

A recent call for entries on Self Portraits was the catalyst for this piece.  I drew the figure in pencil and then painted in washes in watercolor.  I used my handmade stamps for embellishments and added the text from a book.   I originally wanted a python body after reading a story about pythons invading natural habitats in the everglades, but the coils began to look more like a scarf. (besides scales somehow feel creepy to draw)
Though the face does not resemble mine, I think there are some qualities illustrated that I possess .   And although I don't feel like an invasive species, I sometimes feel like I belong elsewhere.  I guess I am still struggling with my limbo and a sense of place.