Another birthday self-portrait to add to the growing series. You can see the others HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
My goal is to do a self-portrait for every birthday. This year I was inspired by fashion illustrations done in ink (think Garance Dore). I'm not sure I achieved my vision, but that doesn't matter. It's the experimentation that matters.
This tradition of painting birthday self-portraits is inspired by Rembrandt. He painted 90 self-portraits over the course of his life. He was very experimental, and often showed himself in a not too kindly light as he aged (wrinkles and all). I'm not sure I'll be brave enough for that! His self-portraits are like an autobiography in art, recording his changing moods and appearance. Maybe I can do the same, in a very small way
To celebrate my birthday, and to thank you all for sticking around this little corner of cyberspace, I'm giving away free printable birthday party invitations! Just go HERE and click the picture to download! Or click the image below, and you'll be brought to the page.