Self Portrait 1985

Self Portrait 1985

Hi Alan. I thought I would comment since you requested it, and no one has done so yet! It is obviously a really good painting, but I wonder if it would benefit from a less stern expression. You look very intent and focussed on something and if there was a hint of what it was, it would add interest, maybe . . . Being a colourist, I think more colour and less blue, which I always find cold, would be good too. Hope my comments are of some use - either +ive or -ive! [ Thank you for taking a look at my work also.]

Well, thank you Jennifer for your comments, all are welcome as long as they are constructive. I've decided not to put any more of these on.

full of character, smashing

Painting achieves a certain perspective by blurring and mixing light and gray towards the bottom. The dark masses predominate in the foreground and blend with clearings in the background. to recommend my favorite artists Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frida Kahlo, Roberto Matta Gabino amaya cacho and Pablo Picasso.

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Pastel on Ingres paper, 1/4 imperial. Just as a diversion from showing my usual landscapes I came accross this effort in an old portfolio. I usually attempt a few portraits every year and try and update my own, working in oils primarily. I hope that you will take the time to look at it, any comments, good or bad are always appreciated. I generally paint a self portrait once a year, always in oils nowadays, I'll put a later one one shortly. My daughter's hate them, but I've got to leave them a reminder of me, it's only fair, isn't it?.

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Alan Bickley

Having studied fine art and graphics at both Stafford and Derby college, my career working as a graphic artist and latterly as editorial artist with Northcliffe Media Ltd, has kept me constantly in touch with all aspects of art and design. Painting mainly in oils, acrylics and watercolour, my…

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