Arting for 365 Day 170: Self Portrait in Shadow

Day 170 (10/15/12): Self Portrait From Shadow

8 x 10″ Watercolor and ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

As I readied myself to work on yesterday’s piece, the sky became filled with an amazing light. I got up and looked out the window. The edges of clouds glowed and there seemed to be a hazy calm across everything. It lasted only a few minutes but was spectacular.

Perhaps taking the time to stop and watch the light outside was the reason for my noticing my simple shadow when I sat back down. My head’s shape filled the blank piece of paper and I was immediately taken by it. Perhaps it was the vagueness of the silhouette that I was so drawn to. The only telling sign it might be me were the ears fanning out prominently. Whatever it was, I was certain I wanted to capture the shadow in that moment.

The resulting piece is this calm, flowing, abstract piece.

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