Monday, 24 September 2007

Just Me, Myself and I

After a portrait comission I was so thrilled by painting people that I wanted to continue. So I worked with the best and cheapest model one could get: Me, Myself and I. Within selfportraits I try to concentrate on specific facial expressions or a particular light situation, so that they don´t become too elevated.

Nachdem ich einen Portraitauftrag beendet hatte, war ich ganz in der Stimmung mit dem Menschenmalen weiterzumachen. Also arbeitete ich mit dem besten und günstigsten Modell, das einem zur Verfügung steht: Das eigene Selbst. Bei Selbstportraits versuche ich mich mehr auf einen speziellen Gesichtsausdruck oder eine besondere Lichtsituation zu konzentrieren, damit das Ganze nicht zu pathetisch wird.


Twisted Grin | Schiefes Lächeln, 60 x 40 cm, Oil on Canvaspanel


Nosebleed | Nasenbluten, 60 x 40 cm, Oil on Canvaspanel

15 comments:

ANDREW JUDD said...

Great likeness!! The nose bleed is weird but still a good painting! Great painting with you Nue!!

Cheers... Andrew Judd

Michael Pieczonka said...

Hey.. this looks like the guy in the photo at the top of this page!?! Wait... it is! Nice job Stefan, and although we've never met.. I can tell it looks like you!
A very solid value painting.

cheers, Mike

René PleinAir. said...

Does it took so much effort that you had a nosebleed from it?!

Nice work Stefan, ....
Sehr gut gemacht.

silvina said...

I very much like the way you left these unfinished toward the bottom. Reminds me of Schmid's work.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Two very powerful portraits! Love the dramatic lighting and beautiful use of color in the shadows.
Well done!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Thanks Andrew, I enjoyed painting with you too and I will post the pictures of our Wachau Adventure pretty soon.

For all of you who are in Vienna or in the vicinity, go to Andrews Show at Café Sperl the 1.October! Infos at Andrews Blog.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Hi Michael, although I didn´t intended a likeness, I fear these look more like me than I wanted it. ;-)
Thanks!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

René, sometimes you get so exited during painting that at least something must pour out of you. This time my nose started bleeding. ;-)
Vielen Dank, René!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Silvina, I try not to use these unfinished areas as a manerism. This time I painted each of these in one session and wanted the focus on the facial expression. But I have to admit that I am certainly influenced by R. Schmid.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Thanks Jennifer! I did a comissioned portrait before and every time I do these I become more cautious and timid during painting because I want to please the sitter. So in these works I wanted to be more daring.

les lull said...

These are great. One of these days I am going to work up the courage for some life studies again. I like the quarkiness of the nose bleed.

D.Wienand said...

..hi stefan,
im Blaumann kommt gut(oder was hast du an?), fehlt der Hammer in der Hand oder Boherer oderso..:)
Ne aber echt gute Sachen auch gute Komposition

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Thanks Les, but I think it takes less courage to paint life studies when when you work with your own self.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Hi Don, in dem Sarg-Post kannst Du den Blaumann sehen, obwohl dort nur in SW. Dann schaut´s also aus als ob ich mir mit dem Hammer die Nase blutig geschlagen hätte? ;-) Danke.

william wray said...

I like the nose bleed idea, a first in sel-f protraits.