24/05/2020 - 25/05/2020
24 hours none stop painting.
24 self portraits painted for the duration of 1 hour with the same mirror set up, over a 24 hour period.
oil on canvas paperThis is how the series is to be presented. it was the way they were first hung up after I painted them. The portraits are all more of less the same sized head, but with small variations, some more oval and others more oblong. The eye levels all aline, the paintings level of uniformity and repetition makes the final work feel controlled yet still overwhelming due to the intensity of all the stares coming from all the faces. Over the time expanse you can see a slight changing in the lighting, from using natural day light to changing to an electric light at night, which gives a sense of time. The portraits also have a colour gradient which runs diagonally between the faces from "10:00-11:00" to "9:00-10:00", starting at beige then to yellow, to green/yellow, to blue and finally darker blue, allowing the eye to read the final composition horizontally and vertically because of the grid, but also diagonally. Surprisingly, the quality of the painting didn’t really deteriorate that much over the 24 hours, which was one of the tests I wanted to see when i began the series. the paintings were really about looking, and looking intensively for 24 hours, and seeing how best i could document a period in time. but sill I think there are some paintings, which came out particularly interesting, especially the paintings on the third row. In this row when the strong directional light was switched on it gave my the chance to really explore the warm tones in the highlights and the various purples and blues in the shadows. Again in the early hours of the morning in the 4th row, especially, "5:00-6:00" and "6:00-7:00" you see the transition back to day light again, as the sun started to rise. This change resulted in green tones falling on my face as the sunrise was bouncing off the trees outside. this gave me to opportunity to play with dark reds in the shadow side, using colour contrast to create the illusion of 3D space. I think "6:00-7:00" really depicts the stern look of concentration i was having at that time, tired, and strained, yet still forcing my self to look harder at the reflection. The two bottom portraits in the sequence were most defiantly the most challenging. at this point i was really struggling to get the brush to make the right marks, and for me to mix the right colours. The final portrait "9:00-10:00", I scraped down 3 times during the hour time span as nothing seemed to be going right any longer after 23 hours of looking. But despite these final hours being so emotionally straining, now standing back and reflecting they are still not as distorted and extreme as I had expected them to become.