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Smiling self portrait

"Smiling self portrait", oil on canvas 30x40 cm by Philine van der Vegte, painted from life
"Smiling self portrait", oil on canvas 30x40 cm

A smiling self portrait is hard to paint! I did this in class this morning, starting out with the conventional concentrated (grumpy, bad-tempered, arrogant, angry) self portrait expression that one usually slips into wjhen doing a self portrait. At least I do! So my teacher Robert Vorstman suggested a Frans Hals style, big smiling one, quickly painted. This is the result, quite refreshing I think. Jaws hurt only a little from smiling so long...