I have revisited an old mixed media piece and updated it with elements from my more current mixed media work. Here are the progress pictures. I am pleased with the outcome and have already started a small series inspired by this piece.
Darker feathers for my Native American man... I think this painting is finished now - there will be more similar paintings soon. I love portraiture, paint & mixed media. I have Native American heritage & often explore themes of history, culture & heritage in my work as well as strength, the spiritual & emotional / social. I regularly use gold & silver in my fine art work - often representing the unseen...
Self portrait from a while ago - my native american heritage coming through! I was doing a lot of metal embellishment on canvas at the time as you can see here. Someone commented they thought I "look prettier in real life" than in this portrait 😂 Have to admit I disagree, this painting is a very close likeness - sure I didn't go for a glamorous pose but then self portraits (generally) aren't about making yourself look attractive but about depicting & expressing yourself, inside & out. Often the artist is the artist's best sitter as they know that face so well & they know everything that goes on inside. For the record, I can & I do create many flattering portraits, but that wasn't what this painting was about 😉
You can check out the full painting and more images on my website: www.bethlouella.com (portraiture - fine art).
Progress video of 'My Brothers' painting - it shows my brother & the name of our deceased, adopted brother tattooed on his arm. I love this painting because it celebrates both my brothers, it fills me with a sense of love & warmth.
The painting is 80cm x 60cm, on canvas. Interested in seeing more of my portraits? Check out my website: www.bethlouella.com