It seems like it's been awhile since I've done several of the things that are present in this self-portrait.
I love working in charcoal, which I haven't done for several days.
I love working on colored papar, especially on an ordinary brown paper bag. (The texture is fabulous!)
And Katey asked me to do a self-portrait that was more realistic because some of her favorites throughout this entire project were those that favored realism.
I suppose I can go one step farther and mention that it's obvious on which days I've had more time to make my self-portrait. That's been one thing that should have been predictable when I originally started this project...yet it wasn't. Don't get me wrong: I have still been relatively pleased with all of my artworks, even the vast majority of those on days where I didn't have a large amount of time to devote to art-making. But I really think that in the beginning I expected to be able to work for an extended period of time each day. And regrettably, it didn't work out that way.
But I have made some pretty significant changes in my lifestyle over the past few weeks and have committed to a re-focus toward the things that are truly important (while abandoning those that are utterly meaningless)...and it has made a world of difference. I feel a sense of renewal to be as productive as I have been, and I have no doubt that I will fight like hell to keep the momentum going...
#339 September 24, 2011, Charcoal on brown paper bag