Painting with… Paintbrushes…?


I have been wanting to do this for a while.

I have no idea how to paint realism, let alone draw it. But I have been experimenting over the last couple of months, and have had some degree of success sketching a self-portrait of sorts, and figured that it should inspire my first attempt at painting.

And that it did!

I studied the size of the canvas and compared it to the photo, and made little markings to cue where certain parts of my body would begin/end to maintain proper proportions.

Then I used a mechanical pencil to sketch out the lines making up my silhouette, as well as the details on my breast and belly.

I eyeballed it in that my pencil moved along the canvas as my eye followed the curves of my body. I am sure there is a more efficient way to sketch but this worked just fine for my purposes.

Then shading. I went into a very quiet head space when adding dimension to the portrait. I took breaks to stare, then would jump back in. Lots of staring breaks. Business as usual.

Then colour. Gold body. Pinky white shimmery background. Green, gold and pink heart centre. I wanted it to ooze vernal energy. Renewal. Rebirth. Sexual awakening. Abundance.

I am quite pleased with this first attempt. I usually hold a lot of loathing towards my belly (which makes me sad), but this painting celebrates a part of my body that grew and ushered life into the world, as well as another part that nourished that new life. Self-portraits have the power to affirm your self worth. That’s how it feels for me at least.


9 thoughts on “Painting with… Paintbrushes…?

  1. You have every right to be pleased with your end result. It turned out wonderfully, and celebrated every bit of what you were looking to celebrate. I look forward to seeing more.

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  2. Very beautiful piece. I’ve also been toying with the idea of doing the same thing myself actually. It’s been so long since I’ve drawn or painted myself that I am feeling that pull to work some healing for myself using that medium again. I hope that you keep this part of your art going because it’s so encouraging and beautiful to watch as you walk through it. Much love, lovely woman!

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