A Little Self Reflection: 2021
A Little Self Reflection: 2021

So my New Year’s resolution was to paint a present-day self portrait - to update ‘Vintage Dress’ and to counter-react the deliberately dark ‘A Shadow of My Former Self’ ??
The result is ‘A Little Self Reflection: 2021’
6 x 6 inches, oil on gessobord.

It’s always a strange experience painting yourself - aside from the immediate fact that it does force you to literally analyse yourself which brings lots of memories and emotions into the mix .... there’s the additional problem that you know your own reflected image better than you know your own face - which is why seeing yourself in photos is always such a strange affair! You end up with the skewed impression that it’s the photo image which is flipped rather than your bathroom mirror reflection.

I think whilst trying to capture a likeness than I felt looked most like me, I have indadvertedly strayed towards avatar territory!

... So now I’m wondering, if this painting is part portrait, part avatar - does that make it an ‘avatrait’??

'Sunshine on a Palette'
Dorset Artist - inspired by nature and the beautiful wildflowers & coast of my home county
Oil & acrylic original paintings
All images © Andrea Hook

Double selection for 'ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020'
Selected for 'The Artist' category of The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines' Open Art Competition 2020
Selected for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries Exhibition 2017
Winner of the New Forest Open Art 2015
A Little Self Reflection: 2021

So my New Year’s resolution was to paint a present-day self portrait - to update ‘Vintage Dress’ and to counter-react the deliberately dark ‘A Shadow of My Former Self’ ??
The result is ‘A Little Self Reflection: 2021’
6 x 6 inches, oil on gessobord.

It’s always a strange experience painting yourself - aside from the immediate fact that it does force you to literally analyse yourself which brings lots of memories and emotions into the mix .... there’s the additional problem that you know your own reflected image better than you know your own face - which is why seeing yourself in photos is always such a strange affair! You end up with the skewed impression that it’s the photo image which is flipped rather than your bathroom mirror reflection.

I think whilst trying to capture a likeness than I felt looked most like me, I have indadvertedly strayed towards avatar territory!

... So now I’m wondering, if this painting is part portrait, part avatar - does that make it an ‘avatrait’??