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Self portrait with leopard scarf

"Self portrait with leopard scarf", oil on canvas 40x50 cm by Philine van der Vegte
"Self portrait with leopard scarf", oil on canvas 40x50 cm

Today in artclass, I hid myself in a dark corner with a mirror and a lamp, to make a dramatic clair obscur (light-dark) self portrait. I started by covering the whole canvas in burnt umber, and wiping out the light bits with a rag. This is the picture on the right. Then, in the wet paint and only in the light, I added some colour. It was very difficult to judge what I was actually smearing on, because of the low light. The whole thing turned out pretty yellow. I like the addition of the scarf though.