Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Self Portrait at 34"

"Self Portrait at 34" (shown actual size @ 3 3/4" x 3"), egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum

If you'd like to see the reference photo I took when I was 34, and worked from to create this traditional portrait miniature, I've posted it too over on Mona Conner Portraits.

After trying to paint my rhinestone necklace at miniature scale, I esteem even more the great work of Nicholas Hilliard (1547 ~1619) whose specialty in miniature portraits was elaborate jewelry and lace details. If you Google his name as an image search and scroll, you'll find many of his amazing portraits in miniature.


Wes and Rachelle Siegrist said...

Great job Mona! I especially like the handling of the lighting and background with your expression. It was neat to see the reference photo on the other blog.

Altoon Sultan said...

I love this portrait; its unconventional pose and expression make it very compelling.

And thanks for the Hilliard reference; I looked him up and it's wonderful work.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Thanks Wes, Rachelle, and Altoon; glad to know you enjoyed seeing Hilliard's work too Altoon.

artbyakiko said...

Absolutely gorgeous self-portrait, Mona! I also love the oval clopping.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Thanks, Akiko! ~ glad to know you like the oval cropping too; I found a nice oval frame for this that I'll post soon.

Gwen Bell said...

What a beautiful Self-Portrait (and model)! You look like a young Starlette. Love your dramatic lighting and warm skin tones. It's always hard to believe that you get these very larger results on such a small canvas. Amazing!

"After The DC Graduation" is fabulous too. That sweet, sleeping child would touch anyone's heart!

Dean Grey said...

I love your determined, stern look, Mona!

You have that, "Don't mess with me!" look on your face.