Monday, August 29, 2011

Self

Self-portrait sketch
I mustered all my nerve to share this.
I'm sketching for a self-portrait.
Much idealized... I am not as young or pretty.
Going to do it in watercolor and hopefully finish it
before my impending 44th birthday in two weeks.

89 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

8/29/2011 3:49 PM  
Blogger Snap said...

I'm so glad you did share it. Gorgeous. Love that you surrounded yourself with your beautiful birds. Hope you'll share your finished portrait with us.

8/29/2011 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anne-Marie said...

It's lovely! Can't wait to see it colored in.

8/29/2011 3:54 PM  
Blogger holly aka golly said...

Geninne, Such a very tender self portrait! A lovely beginning! Can't wait to see how it progresses!

8/29/2011 3:56 PM  
Blogger **Anne** said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

8/29/2011 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So beautiful, ethereal in fact.
I'm 44 recently too...wish i looked as good as your self portrait does!
Jacqui

8/29/2011 4:05 PM  
Blogger suedehead said...

Beautiful :)

8/29/2011 4:12 PM  
Blogger Daniela said...

wow! VERY NICE!

8/29/2011 4:17 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I left a comment on Flickr, but then it struck me that your self portrait reminded me somewhat of mine. It's my blog header....debrossart.blogspot.com

8/29/2011 4:17 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

WHat a beautiful gift to yourself. It's gorgeous. I really admire the courage to share something so personal.

8/29/2011 4:22 PM  
Blogger se7en said...

Ha! Beautiful and we almost share a birthday!!!

8/29/2011 4:25 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

oh my goodness Geninne! This is incredibly beautiful. I agree with Jacqui - it's ethereal. I'm so glad that you decided to share it with us :-)

8/29/2011 4:40 PM  
Blogger Valerie Johnson said...

This portrait is utterly lovely in so many ways.
You are amazing, but then we all knew that!
The eyes are absolutely stunning, they just literally jump out at you...and the birds about your head just signifies for me that you must be a very special kind soul...reminds me so of that scene in Cinderella when all of the birds were flying about her while she was tidying up her room after waking...they just loved her..as your birds love you!!!!

8/29/2011 4:45 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

This is beautiful Gennine. Your portrait has faraway eyes!

Self portraits are hard to do, you are always most critical about your self.

I look forward to seeing this when it is complete.

8/29/2011 4:46 PM  
Blogger icolorart said...

thank you for finding that courage. we already know that you are beautiful. so, we know you truly are that pretty. i wish i had your talent and confidence to put pigment to paper. thanks for always providing the inspiration.

8/29/2011 4:54 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Can't wait to see the finished portrait!

8/29/2011 4:57 PM  
Anonymous lamina @ do a bit said...

It's going to look gorgeous.. nothing wrong with a bit of idealization! I did some self portraits last week and wished I had omitted a few wrinkles and given myself a bit of a facelift :)

Can't wait to see the finished portrait!

8/29/2011 5:03 PM  
Anonymous kara rane said...

Congratulations! this is a real break-thru piece...really extending your style & best wishes**44**

8/29/2011 5:43 PM  
OpenID girlunwinding said...

I so love this! and I am "pinning" it, oh I am!
{and the 40's are the best, I am in the middle of it and I am insanely content}
Peace~
Dawn

8/29/2011 5:58 PM  
Blogger marie said...

This is lovely!

8/29/2011 6:25 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Nicole said...

I've been doing a few self-portraits lately and it is hard to share them. It shows your insides and can feel narcissistic at times (to me), but I know it's a valuable tool for self exploration.

Have fun- it's lovely and you are a beautiful woman.

8/29/2011 6:29 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Exquisite

8/29/2011 6:31 PM  
Blogger leFiligree said...

it looks just like you! good job--cant wait to see the final portrait

8/29/2011 6:46 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Having met you, I can attest that you are even better in person. Not idealized, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

8/29/2011 6:55 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

It's beautiful, as are you.

8/29/2011 7:18 PM  
Anonymous wilme said...

I love all the birds around you, It's perfect! Thank you for sharing it with us:)

8/29/2011 7:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Maunder said...

I love your eyes in your self-portrait. Just as I love how the sensitive way you draw eyes gives your birdies life and personality (in all of your paintings). From my perspective? 44...oh so young and so many beautiful years ahead of you. Enjoy.

8/29/2011 8:10 PM  
Blogger Poorvi said...

Love how the birds are decorating you and enjoying doing so. Like a role reversal sorta thing. Well thought. :)

8/29/2011 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Geninne,

Wonderful portrait!! Happy Birthday well in advance :-)

8/29/2011 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Rendell said...

Thank you for the courage to share. You have captured yourself perfectly as I would see you surrounded by your birds with a look of contentment and peacefulness. It's fabulous and I can't wait to see the finished portrait. Happy Pre Birthday to you.

8/29/2011 8:45 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

Going to be lovely =o)

8/29/2011 10:47 PM  
Blogger Mara said...

Geninne! This sketch is B-OOO-T-FULL! My first thought was "Frida Kahlo"! I'm going to be in Mexico in December, I hope to see you and Turbo-dog and your family then!
~Mara

8/29/2011 10:57 PM  
Blogger tinajo said...

It´s beautiful! :-)

8/29/2011 11:22 PM  
Blogger arounna said...

oh my goodness how you've captured your eyes
what are you talking about
you are beautiful inside and out!
much love
xx

8/29/2011 11:37 PM  
Blogger Sabine said...

I am impatient to see it finished !
the drawing is already beautiful in itself !

8/30/2011 12:17 AM  
Blogger Caty said...

nunca te he visto en persona, pero por lo que compartes en tu blog diria que "you caught your inner light!"

SO beautiful!

8/30/2011 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Leonie said...

It's beautiful (as are you!), so glad you decided to share it. I love how it's got all these little points to focus on that you only spot when you give it another look. I can't wait to see what it will look like once you add watercolours.

8/30/2011 12:48 AM  
Blogger Almu said...

Es precioso, yo tampoco te he visto nunca en persona, pero seguro que es más fiel a la realidad de lo que dices! Aún sin colores, despide luz. Tengo anotado en mi agenda el día 15 para felicitarte, espero que no se me pase!!

8/30/2011 1:12 AM  
Blogger MARTUKI said...

Me encanta!! seguramente trasmite la realidad!!!espero yo también recordar felicitarte!!!

8/30/2011 1:48 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

You are beautiful Geninne!

8/30/2011 2:01 AM  
Blogger nuvolante said...

looking forward to seeing it finished! By the way, thanks for your blog: I love it!!

8/30/2011 2:37 AM  
Blogger ATC said...

Incarnate beauty !!! :)
Happy birthday in advance !

8/30/2011 2:43 AM  
Blogger Karin Schikorr said...

Hermoso retrato... has captado bien tu esencia!! es lo que nos transmites... un alma joven y serena, creativa y amante de la naturalezay todo lo que le rodea. No puedo esperar a verla terminada...Un abrazo.

8/30/2011 2:52 AM  
Blogger Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

that drawing is beautiful, thank you for sharing it!!

8/30/2011 4:41 AM  
Blogger Leszczynowa said...

...like in beautiful dream...

8/30/2011 4:46 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

It is breathtaking! :-)

8/30/2011 4:51 AM  
Blogger prpltrtl946 said...

What a perfect self portrait of you, the artist!! I especially love the birdy bringing you a brush!!

Thanks for sharing the drawing! It and you are beautiful!! 8*)

8/30/2011 6:22 AM  
Blogger Lisa Flowers Ross said...

It's wonderful!

8/30/2011 7:00 AM  
Blogger ali said...

Bravo, Geninne! You've captured (what I imagine must be) the essence of you. Truly lovely.

8/30/2011 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful and somehow corresponds to my mental image of you.

8/30/2011 7:19 AM  
Blogger Véronique said...

I love it. Doesn't matter whether idealized or not. There is a special soul in it, it's a nice reflection of your essence. Well done

8/30/2011 7:31 AM  
Blogger Gise said...

Esta lindisimo el boceto de tu retrato y realmente capta tu esencia y belleza artistica rodeada de tus inspiradores pajaritos.

8/30/2011 7:36 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

lovely...

8/30/2011 8:43 AM  
Blogger Trece said...

You are beautiful!! You did a lovely job with this self-portrait, made easier by the beauty of the subject.

8/30/2011 9:07 AM  
OpenID aracelisrandomness said...

Geninne que retrato mas precioso! De idealizado nada, estas guapisima! Un abrazo estrujao, Araceli

8/30/2011 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Lin said...

Very brave, Geninne. So glad you are sharing.

8/30/2011 9:44 AM  
Blogger Faye said...

very lovely...I love how you included the birdies :)

8/30/2011 10:00 AM  
Blogger Camilla Engman said...

First I was thinking, Oh she's so young, I didn't realize that :) 44 is still young though. I have my 45th birthday in about 4 weeks. One day we can have a joint birthday party.
Is my cactus a prickley pear or does it just look the same? I took it in spain, it was a "roadkill". How does the fruit taste. Too many questions? Just ignore them.

8/30/2011 10:03 AM  
Blogger The Gritty Bird said...

This is simply stunning. I can not wait to see how this turns out!

and you are beautiful! :)

8/30/2011 10:12 AM  
Blogger Silvia Orchidea said...

G.
Happy birthday! I admire your work, your hands are blessed. Cheers!

kiss
S.O.
Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
South America

8/30/2011 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Sweety said...

Es precioso! Tus ojos, tu mirada, trasmiten mucha energía. Son curiosos, serenos, alegres... con mucha vida.
Hace varios años que sigo tu blog, y coincido con el resto de comentarios en que tu retrato refleja tu esencia, lo que nos trasmites.

Un beso desde Barcelona (Spain)

8/30/2011 10:30 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Lovely, I look forward to seeing it with watercolors.

8/30/2011 10:42 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

It would be sad if you made yourself less attractive! Anyway, art is art, not journalism. I hope we'll get to see the finished product. You draw beautifully of course, but it's your colors are delicious! It's brave to share a work in progress

8/30/2011 11:11 AM  
Blogger la casita de wendy said...

PRECIOSO!!!!

8/30/2011 11:20 AM  
Blogger elbowgrease said...

Lovely,

Thanks :)

8/30/2011 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never cease to inspire me dear Geninne! What a lovely idea! I can't wait to see it finished! Enchanting!! Warm wishes, Sophie (from Cyprus)

8/30/2011 11:35 AM  
Blogger Artes da Cris said...

Antes de mais nada Geninne, você é muito bonita e não mostra sua idade.
Além disso, sua arte é maravilhosa!
Espero que entenda português (acredito que sim pois morou no Brasil)
Beijo.

8/30/2011 1:04 PM  
Blogger Amrita Tripathy said...

i love the birdie (humming) whispering in ur ear..!

8/30/2011 1:22 PM  
Blogger Carolien said...

Wow! Very beautiful and so neat!

8/30/2011 2:14 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

beautiful! thank you so much for sharing. it is a pleasure to see more of your process. and happy birthday too.

8/30/2011 4:53 PM  
Anonymous passifeur said...

your soul is reflected in your eyes, your hair are nest for bird,this 2 bird in your shoulder see you with love, it's wonderful portrait of bird's best friend

8/30/2011 6:41 PM  
Blogger Silvia said...

Hermosísimo! Sin conocerte en persona estoy segura de que te hace justicia. Gracias por compartirlo con nosotros. :-)

8/30/2011 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Gorgeous and so very talented too!!
So amazing. Thanks for sharing!

8/30/2011 7:52 PM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

Oh, how beautiful. I love how you incorporated your birds, brush, and flowers. A window into your world.

8/30/2011 11:32 PM  
Blogger cass said...

Gorgeous self portrait.

8/31/2011 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Lizzy said...

Stunning Geninne.

8/31/2011 2:45 AM  
Anonymous anmryn said...

I have not posted a comment yet, but I am sure that you are young and beautiful, for bringing us so much beauty and refreshing ideas almost every day. Thank you so much for your website!

8/31/2011 3:03 AM  
Blogger LittlePigPress said...

Geninne, you are beautiful inside and out!

8/31/2011 7:22 AM  
Blogger Alexandra K. said...

Its amazing. Love your blog!!!!

8/31/2011 7:37 AM  
OpenID gabbyvillarreal said...

You're lovely!

I too recently did a self portrait but without looking at the paper, blindly. I think I'll try and do a real one sometime soon.

8/31/2011 9:37 AM  
OpenID carolgearing.com said...

so beautiful, look forward to seeing the finished picture
x

8/31/2011 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Alexandra Gerull said...

Just one word: Gorgeous.

8/31/2011 1:17 PM  
Blogger loveis said...

This is incredible! You look wonderful! Can't wait to see it! Happy early 44!!

Reese

rambleswithreese.etsy.com

9/01/2011 6:52 AM  
Blogger simply blue said...

Really great...you are quite an artist...

9/01/2011 5:19 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Happy Birthday, and this is beautifully done, as all your work is. God bless and keep you safe this new year!

9/03/2011 5:24 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

They always say we artists put ourselves in our work. I can hardly wait to see how you finish this! Hugs to you and yours!

9/03/2011 7:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

A beautiful self-portrait by an artist and lady who is beautiful, inside and out. As for young, life just keeps getting better after 40 anyway, doesn't it?

9/03/2011 9:06 PM  
Blogger puscher said...

wooow, I love it!

9/11/2011 6:30 AM  
Blogger pyesquire said...

wow the finish piece is just great

12/07/2011 2:12 PM  

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