Self Portrait 2011 by JolanteHesse

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My first painted attempt at a self-portrait. Colours inspired by the colours of South Africa.
Oil on Canvas, 45×35cm
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self portrait, colour, oil

Some years ago I survived a serious attack on my life. During the year of recovery, I did two drawings and found the activity both calming and exciting.
I am studying under Leon Fourie.
I have simplified my life completely and now paint full time.

Art for me, is an intensely personal expression of how I appreciate and perceive life and people.

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  • prudenceh
    prudencehover 2 years ago

    this is really lovely, in colour, mood and composition

  • Thanks so much!

    – JolanteHesse

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 2 years ago

    Wow Just the most Astonishing portrait Jolante, those amazing color tones and composition are simply Dazzling ! …..Wonderful self portrait , My pick of the day !…Paulx

  • Thank you Paul! I am at the moment on a mission to ‘understand’ colour. I could play with my portrait because there was no pressure about the sitter’s opinion…

    – JolanteHesse

  • Eddy Aigbe
    Eddy Aigbeover 2 years ago

    This just glows and radiates with color & light. Wonderful for me & an instant fave!

  • I am so glad you like this portrait; Thank you!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Anastasiia Kucherenko
    Anastasiia Kuc...over 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much Anastasiia…

    – JolanteHesse

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    wonderful portrait beautifully done

  • Thank you so much maggie!

    – JolanteHesse

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so very much!!!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 2 years ago

    love the radiance, and color combination good job I know self portraits are tough to do… funny how other people’s portrait are easy and fun to paint…

  • Hi Reynaldo, this one was both tough and liberating. Tough for obvious reasons and liberating because I could play with colour without worrying what the sitter would think!

    – JolanteHesse

  • cmnathan
    cmnathanover 2 years ago

    Such a compelling gaze. Beautiful range of colors in your face as well.

  • I appreciate the fact that you like the colour – to me this one was the first portrait where I explored colour the way I wanted to!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 2 years ago

    Beautiful job with the light and skin tones. Pretty eyes.
    A portrait to be proud of!

  • Thanks so much Marriet!

    – JolanteHesse

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoover 2 years ago

    Beuatiful portrait!

  • Thank you so much Helen.

    – JolanteHesse

  • Thank you so much Helen!

    – JolanteHesse

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