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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

If I Were a Member of Paula Rego's 'Family': 2009.10.27

This is based on one of the characters in the painter Paula Rego's 1991 'Family'.

This is my second version drawing myself based on this figure, and this time it's a little closer to my actual coloring/complexion. I tried putting in my ever-present glasses, but took them out again - I thought they were too much of a bold graphic element and took away from the play of light on the face.

Interestingly, the wikipedia article says she's only ever made one self-portrait. However, when I look at the photos of her and the people she paints, I see her in them - sort of the way Kathe Kollwitz' portraits of other people usually have the deepset eyes that she herself had.

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