Kristen Grunewald self portrait original art 20 x 24 inches oil painting on canvas in the style of contemporary realism. A limited number of 100 high quality giclee prints, signed and numbered, are available for purchase.
As a kid Kristen always loved to draw and paint faces so it was only natural for her to begin painting portraits. She thought what better portrait to begin with than the face she knew best, her own.
This was her first attempt at creating a portrait in oil paints. This was done on a 20” x 24” white canvas. She always starts a painting very loosely, using a burnt umber brown paint, shading in the darks and the lights with a large, thick brush. She pushes the paints around the canvas until she gets the correct shapes. “I have always had a talent for looking at an object, whether it be a flower or landscape or face, and I have the ability to transfer those dimensions to scale on a canvas or piece of paper or whatever my media is that I am drawing or painting on.
It is instinctive for me. I hate preparation. I have always disliked preparation. I like to just dive in and start. This way of painting works best for me. The beauty of oil paints is that you can keep painting over any previous work until you get the results you want. I was not going to offer my self portrait for sale but someone asked to buy one so I decided to offer 10 signed high quality giclee prints. I am fascinated with faces. A person’s face is unique, one of a kind. Their life and all their experiences show up in their face. I will also paint portraits by commission.”
If a person is interested in commissioning a portrait by the artist, please message her for information.