Saturday, April 28, 2012


This is another project I signed up to do through the Art House Co-op. I signed up a while ago despite the fact that the theme of "self-portrait" sounded difficult to me. The project has been in the back of my mind for a while though. When I was going through my photographs today I came across this one:

Just a photo of my feet in one of my many pairs of Crocs. I have multiple pairs and they really are the only shoes I wear! These are my messy painty purple ones. My dad bought them for me. I was taking photos in Bill Buchman's art class of his painting demo and just for fun, I looked down and also snapped this photo.There were photos in the same folder of art exercises I had done in his class and these things together sparked the idea for my self-portrait. You may recognize the painting I used as the one from my current blog header! Click on any photo for more details and a larger photo.

I was sent a 4x4 wrapped canvas for this project as part of the registration. I used Yes glue to adhere a copy of one of my painting exercises I printed out onto brochure paper (to make it pop) and a cut out version of the photo of my legs and feet. 

I added oil pastels and yellow acrylic ink to cover the plain white wrapped canvas sides and a little bit of the same on top of the original painting.

Especially because this seemed like a difficult task to do in my mind -a self portrait, I am so pleased with how it came out! I really like this self-portrait and was glad that once I started looking for inspiration, it manifested itself. Another lesson re-learned: Just start! 

If you're going through hell, keep going.
  ~ Winston Churchill

(remember these quotes are pulled up randomly!!)


  1. I love your painty background! How perfect to go with your painty crocs! Great self portrait, you certainly thought out of the box :o)

    These projects have been such fun, and you're right, the best thing is to just get started!


  2. Looks great Lenna, youre right, once we get going... - rather than freakin, ie about what ... aaagh will work, and just put something down there, it takes off, doesnt it?

    nice to play with the concept a bit too, feet and bright dancing background looks vibrant and reflects you pretty well!

    have a good rest o your weekend there

  3. This is such typical Lenna art and what a great contribution to the project although how you managed to make yourself part with it is a mystery to me!
    P.S. I do have that colour Crocs too!

  4. Oh, the good news for the self-portrait project is that if you include a padded SASE – they will send it back to you after the exhibit. I think I will definitely do that!
    Thanks, frieda : )) oh I am glad to know you have that same color crocs too!!!

  5. I so love this piece Lenna and how well your painting and your crocs have blended together for a great collage piece!



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