My journal prompt today was to do an expressive self portrait. I have always liked Picasso’s weeping woman.
I love the way the hands and the face are shown behind the handkerchief and the strong colours
I wanted to do something that used elements of this but made it my own – I am still sad inside about my mum dying 10 years ago and more recently about my son moving to America.
I drew a line drawing and used blue tones and added a flat layer of colour. I quite like the energy but it was too derivative
I added pieces of faces from magazines – ideas about burning bridges, travel – the mouth feels a bit like a heart in my hand
I added the saddest face I could find – which could represent my daughter or a younger version of my self and then scribbled some more details to accentuate features and add more layers
I had wanted to add white hair so that it looked more like mine but I couldn’t find any in my magazines. I may paint it
I decided that I needed to manipulate it in my iPhone apps instead