I took this picture on my camera phone while walking in Old Town Alexandria last week. The sky was so amazing I felt like I was looking at a Maxfield Parish painting. At some point I think I will paint it. I seem to be collecting photos of subjects I want to eventually paint.
I have several wall mounted kitchen cabinets with glass doors. In an effort to make the kitchen seem larger, I placed some mirrors against the back of the cabinet. This weekend I shot several self portraits of me looking in to the cabinet. I thought they were pretty quirky and the light was high and at true north. If I do paint one it will be fairly unflattering, but when you paint you have to paint what you see honestly. Hopefully not as honestly as Freud (I love his paintings of Leigh Bowery).
The post card is from postsecrets.com which is a wonderful site that allows people to reveal their secrets and it delighted and charmed me (that’s code for it made me belly laugh). I think it’s a healthy and necessary one, especially if you have a dark one, sharing the tough ones allows you the grace of knowing you’re never as bad as you thought you were and that no matter what you’ve done someone else has probably done it as well. A dear friend used to say that you were, “only as sick as your secrets.”
Sorry for the weird spacing on this post. I retried posting it twice and no luck with the formating of the photos or paragraphs. Must be some type of glitch.