The Enigma Variations II: The Many Thorns Are Mine, Oh Rose by Mark Sheeky

G1091A The Enigma Variations II: The Many Thorns Are Mine, Oh Rose
Oil on canvas panel
Dec 2018 to Mar 2019, 280x380 mm

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About this painting
The second of a series of self-portraits created to explore the idea of a common visual theme. I wanted to paint a portrait several times, from the same view, lighting, and angle, but experimenting with different painting styles and genres to see how this image can be pushed into different moods, and as technical and imaginative showcase; like the variations on a theme in music such as Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, or Elgar's Enigma Variations.

This was the first idea of a variation I had. I began with a surrealistic landscape which was drawn without the face in mind, then adapted to fit the elements of the face.

The Enigma Variations II: The Many Thorns Are Mine, Oh Rose (Original)
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