I was working on another flower painting tonight and had an opportunity to paint a small self portrait. I could see myself reflected in a back window behind the still life so I used 3 brush strokes to capture the planes of my face; I think it came out to be a good likeness.
I've also been thinking recently about representational painting and how to really capture a feeling of atmosphere in a painting. It really goes beyond representation - Sorolla was a master of this. It's almost like you have to paint the feeling as well as the reality. And I've found that I can't be too careful about it. There's a certain rhythm to it and if I go too slowly or too quickly then it doesn't work. Every time I try to put it into words it just falls apart so I guess I can't even put it into words. Anyway, I'm feeling very energized and will be painting up a storm.