“Self Portrait #5”

Self Portrait #5
12″ x 9″
oil on panel
©2010 Tracy Wall

I guess it’s been about a year since I did my last self portrait.  Over the course of a year, things can change (and I’m not talking about just hair style or clothes).

We all change as time goes by. I’ve been liking my painting style lately, but then I start nit-picking detail which for me takes the fun out of it.  This one is a little more detailed than I was planning, but  I’ll go with it.

My painting process goes like this: I get a painting pretty much done, but a few things just don’t sit right.  Then blip, blip, blip, a little here, a dab there, until I start to lose the expressive “feel” that it originally had. At that point it starts to look like I’m trying to paint it realistically photographically picture perfect which is not my goal.

Until I remind myself to step away from the easel.  I’m finally starting to recognize the point of diminishing returns in my painting process, and don’t continue to nag the work.

Step away and get a view of the big picture.  (Hmmmm….. literally and figuratively, how applicable in so many areas of my life!)
I keep coming back to:  Let it go.  :)

Some things will never change.  But hopefully I’ll never be stagnant.

Here’s a few previous self portraits.
How have I changed?  How have you changed?


“Self Portrait #4” 8/2009   .  “Tracy’s Mugshot” 7/2007


About Tracy Wall

I'm an artist and massage therapist living in Denver, Colorado.
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4 Responses to “Self Portrait #5”

  1. Kimberly says:

    That is really really nice. It shows off this new style admirably!

  2. Tracy says:

    Thanks Kimberly.
    Maybe not as much a new style, but more confident in what I’m doing.
    (OMG, same necklace as in last year’s!)

  3. Jeanette says:

    I love it! Its serious and not, the lighting is great and sets the mood well. There’s nothing not to like about it.

    I think we reach a point in our art careers where things do become technically easier. Perhaps the 10,000 hours have been reached or simply more good days than bad.

  4. Tracy says:

    Thanks Jeanette. It is a continual growth process. Never ending!

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