This is my second self portrait.
Title: “Shifting Mood – energy self portrait” Oil on canvas.
👉🏻 the piece explained :
Sometimes we hide away who we want to be and who we really are. Authenticity and happiness in this life is sometimes achieved when we make huge sacrifices. Some are brave enough to and others are not.
This painting represents the inner war many of us have with trying to survive when we want to cry and choose to solider on even if that means wearing a mask until a time comes when we can step free of it.
This is for anyone who knows what this internal and external struggle is like. I choose blue because right now it reflects the mood. Blue is a colour that suggests peace. It’s the colour of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good colour to aid in meditation or relaxation. So in trying to find the calm in chaos. It is also associated with the need to feel authentic and unique. With the splash of red I wanted to draw attention to the struggle.
It is the colour associated with energy and aggression. Red has an effect on our physiological state, since it increases heart rate and makes us breathe faster. Red is very noticeable, so an overuse can be irritating or provoke aggression. A red accent on a neutral background can help draw attention to a single element. This is how I have used it here. The white is purity of mind.