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(oil on canvas, 2008, 24X36)
"The offering or self-portrait as a modern-day Eve"
Not my prettiest self-portrait, but it is one of my all time favorites. It didn't come easy to me and I think that's the reason why I love it so much. Well… That's not completely true. I painted the body in a day and then got stuck on the face forever and ever.
I always start all my portraits with the subject's eyes. Once I'm done I paint the face, and only then move on to other areas. However, with this particular piece I was so excited to try making the hand holding the apple protrude from the picture that I neglected my usual ritual. …and paid for it dearly. I suspect that the stupid face got upset for not being my priority and set out on the pass of revenge.
No matter what I did I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted. It looked old, distraught, angry, anxious, and many other things, but not seductive which was the expression I originally envisioned it should have, (after all it was supposed to be a modern version of Eve offering an apple to some imaginary modern Adam). At some point I got so frustrated that I abandoned the painting all together. Obviously, I did end up finishing it, but only after I repainted the face about 2500 times...
"It was a man's world. Then Eve arrived."
"If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"
"The body of a young woman is God's greatest achievement. Of course He could have made it to last longer, but you can't have everything."
"Where would man be today if it wasn't for women? In the Garden of Eden eating water melon and taking it easy."