Thursday, March 13, 2008
A friend of the Paintbrush Sage asked for a recent self portrait
this is a mirror image. so my left eye is on the right and the right eye is on the left. folk always tell me i get an intense/odd gaze when looking/painting/drawing. my left eye is wide open and my right eye appears to be hazed, looking at something else. a lot of artists say they 'see' differently through each eye. i used to call it the inner/outer gaze. it is evident in lots of artists self portraits and portraits of artists/writers. i think of gertrude stein's droopy eye via picasso, ethel's portrait series of cape ann poets, kathe kollewitz, max beckmann, egon schiele, rembrandt...er, Debbie Clarke!
i perceive spatial relationships with my right eye, i see flatly in a value scale with my left eye. i perceive color in my peripheral vision.