Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Self portrait without glasses

The lovely, talented and wise Katherine of ‘Making a Mark’ suggested I try doing a self portrait without my glasses. I don’t know whether she realised that my prescription is almost -8 in both eyes when she made the suggestion, but this is the result. I did it sitting on my white bed in my white pajamas last thing at night
120mm x 290mm watercolour in lumpy sketchbook


Blogger ksklein said...

it´s lovely dreamy!

7/05/2007 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, Julie. And Ksklein is right, it has a dreamy, ethereal look--yet one can tell it is you.

7/05/2007 3:11 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

That's really funny... but sad Julie. Yeah, no details. But taking off your specs can be good when trying to look at the general shapes in front of you so that you don't get bogged down in details. However I do like to see your eyes!
Was Monet short-sighted in his old age? His bridges and waterlilies certainly seemed to indicate that.

7/07/2007 2:54 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

Wonderfully dreamy look. Know what you mean about no sight, although amazingly i can now see after cataract surgery to one eye, more out of that one. the other is no see at all.

7/08/2007 12:29 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Look at that wonderful skin - there's no temptation to draw lines, wrinkles or bags when you stop wearing glasses! :D

I think you did well - and no I didn't realise what your prescription was.

I know a person who paints landscapes who says taking off his glasses is really helpful for leaving out the detail he doesn't need - plus he sees tones more clearly as he starts seeing bigger shapes.

Monet had bad cataracts in both eyes - which were also responsible for the way in which his palette of colours changed - if you start using lots more red then get your eyes checked!

7/12/2007 12:17 PM  

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