Selfy Schtick

My work normally takes a long time. 

Even a small painting can take months.

I’m aiming for perfection and despite the rumours, that’s not easy.

If a painting takes months then it’s going to be expensive.

Unsurprisingly most people can’t afford one of my paintings.

I wanted to make some work that was affordable to a wider audience

For the past few weeks I have been making  a series of self portraits with a time limit of 1.5 days.

I wasn’t particularly confident that I’d produce anything worthwhile in that time frame.

Speed painting is not my game.

I made a few that went straight in the garbage.

Didn’t take long though before I hit my stride.

After a week or so I was flying.

By the 3rd week I was so in the zone that I couldn’t have made a false mark if I had tried. 

In sport we call this ‘The Flow State’

I really enjoyed making these, I think it shows.

I made a total of 18 Self Portraits in 5 weeks.

I hope people will enjoy these ‘imperfect’ paintings as much as I enjoyed making them.

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