#Seemetoseeyourself

Irena Arting Ellis
Apr 18, 2017 · 2 min read
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Selfie, 2016

I have been painting…self/portraits…again.

This time it has come about as a way of connecting. To friends, to family, to myself. And recovering…from the latest bout of health issues.

I have first started painting #aportraitadaykeepsthedoctoraway in acrylics, as a way of connecting to myself. A self-portrait a day has helped me to see myself for where I was at and ground myself more in my body and feelings.

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#aportraitadaykeepsthedoctoraway and #seemetoseeyourself sketches

I also asked my friends to be portrayed…as we spoke online, me being far away from “home”, settling in in a new home. These skype portraits started off as a bit of fun…

…yet, the portrayees (is there a word like that?) reported two interesting things…I have managed somehow to tap into their own feelings, where they were at currently and make them see it for themselves better.

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My nieces, 2016 when they got the dresses I had sent them. This portrait has been done partly from a photograph, as it is very difficult to have younger children sit down :-)
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sometimes I experimented with the media, this was feltips and acrylics, Flavia, 2016
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Jitka, 2017, in progress/unfinished

I have started calling these sessions #seemetoseeyourself. As there is something special that is brought up in those ninety plus minutes I spend with the person over skype, sitting in silence or listening, painting — perhaps it is a connection, the way I witness them, the way I see them and put that on the canvas…

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#seemetoseeyourself sketches and paintings from 2016

…who knows.

Either way, I would like to continue with the project, so if you want to #seemetoseeyourself, get in touch :-).

At the moment I charge a fee for materials. And for postage, if you want the resulting painting sent by post. You always get the portrait image in high resolution digital form. Interested? Contact me.

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