Oil on board, 10 x 8 inches
Just to ring the changes and keep my creative juices flowing, I thought I would paint a self-portrait, using looser brushstrokes than I normally do with my landscapes, with a few palette knife swipes too. I don't usually look this serious, but it's damned difficult to look relaxed when you're concentrating on painting yourself - you try it!
I've long wanted to paint in a 'looser' manner, but I tend to naturally gravitate towards a 'tighter' rendering, but I may try a slicker, more painterly style with my default subject matter. I do paint a few plein air paintings and I intend doing a lot more in future, so a quicker method would enable me to complete bigger pieces on site, so watch this space. I'll await any comments, good or bad!