Not Now Death, I'm Painting

in art •  16 days ago


Just in time for Halloween, this self portrait was inspired by Arnold Böcklin's own self-portrait. This is my first self-portrait in oils. I was working from a photo reference of myself edited into Böcklin's own painting.

This time lapse video shows you the beginnings from sketching the image in pencil to the initial oil sketch, blocking in and then down to the finer details. A few adjustments had to be made along the way.

I'm still to find an optimal solution for positioning the camera for the time lapse. I bumped the camera a number of times, hence the point of view changes.

All in all it's been a fun project.


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Ganz Du ! Kompliment :-D

I think I saw your great video on FB showing you painting this? or was it insta? who can say, It's been such a rush rush of things during my current state of travel/house hunt, that I grab moments with the phone or tablet to see what my 'online pals' are about.

This is genius!

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I posted the video far and wide, so you may have indeed seen it in those other places.
All the best for your house hunt Donna.

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Thank you, we are still at it, but are hopeful...

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Great for Halloween :)

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Indeed! It was a race to finish on time.

its really great Leo :-)

Awesome painting and an interesting video about it!!

Wow! This is so beautiful painting. I really like it. I can't wait your next post.

Fab experience.

I love it, Leo ! You look really lovely with a thoughtful look in your eyes and a skelly on your back <3 Death seems to know how to play that violin.... even though it only has one string :D

Lovely lighting, very beautiful <3

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Hi @veryspider! The story of the violin strings: The others have snapped. So time is running out for the music of life. When that last is gone...

Here is the original painting by Böcklin.

Arnold Böcklin

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Ah ha! I thought so, but I didn't really want to presume that was the symbolic message about the single string :)


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That's cool and magical :)

That's cool, @leoplaw.

I don't think I've seen this done yet—recreating an existing painting and putting yourself in it. Amazing. If painting is what it takes to keep Death at bay, sign me up. I'll learn somehow. Maybe I'll be so slow Death will get bored and leave me alone!

Well done. Enjoyed the time lapse and the description. Well done.

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We did notice that your are a real Artist. Do you want to share with others your great artworks and earn handsome rewards?

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I agree with you. Don't let the death bother you when you're painting :) Great idea, lovely painting. Thank you for sharing!