Sunday, June 9, 2013

ME 2013

Diane Mannion, ME 2013, 6x6" oil on Gessobord

SELF-PORTRAITS

Disclaimer:  I am much younger, thinner, and gorgeous than portrayed in this article!

Over the past five years or so... I've tortured myself by doing a few self-portraits.  The most recent was worked from an iPhoto snapshot self-taken under the bathroom skylight, thus the early morning puffy-eyed maniacal expression.   John thinks this painting looks like my mother (who is not a maniac, but a sweet and lovely woman).  I think it looks more like my grandmother, sigh. 
Here's a collection of ME self-portraits from 2008-2013:
One thing I've noticed while viewing these all together... I'm happiest now!

13 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

That's an awesome, AWESOME portrait! I am so impressed with the way you used the colors throughout so effectively, and the way you gave yourself your own personality! Honestly, looking at these today... I think I finally understand why "they" always say it's important for every artist to draw his own self-portrait... I GET it now. To use your own sense of expression to paint something that literally conveys your own expression... that would be a challenge, I think! You've done it beautifully every time! Congratulations, Diane, you're an incredible artist with a beautiful face and personality to match!

DMannion said...

Katherine! Awesome comment! Thank you.

Maria Bennett Hock said...

I love it!!! I also love doing self portraits and learn so much from each one. I love the play of light and shadow on your self portraits. YOu are a master with shadows!.

DMannion said...

Thanks, Maria! My mother hates it, told me to paint another right away. She said it looks like the morning after a wild party (which it might have been). And my husband doesn't like it either. But I think it's a darn good painting.

Linda Popple said...

Beautiful portrait! I love each one and it is so interesting to see you at different stages of your life. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite, but I do love the one painted last year with your hat!

DMannion said...

Thank you, Linda! Self-portraits are painful... honesty is tough. Left out lots of wrinkles.

Virginia Floyd said...

This is a wonderful painting! And I too see my parents when I look in a mirror. The best thing is that you are happiest now!

DMannion said...

Thank you, Virginia!

suzanneberry said...

This is a lovely work of art! I am so drawn to it, your wistful expression, incredible light, beautifully done!! Just gorgeous...and so are you!

DMannion said...

Thanks, Suzanne! Your comment made me smile.

carol morgan carmichael said...

So great! Love the way you cropped it and the hair is amazing. Crazy wonderful!

DMannion said...

Thank you, Carol! My mom doesn't like it because I look wild! I'm so touched by all the comments from you folks.

Lee said...

I can see it too, how your level of happiness grew in this time span. You caught every nuance of how you were feeling with each portrait. I do love the most recent one, I look at it from time to time, it is very memorable. I can honesty say that several of the most beautiful people I have ever seen had this same lovely coloring as you do in this painting and it is ageless beauty.