Self Portrait

Self Portrait - student project

Self Portrait - image 1 - student project

I'm currently living abroad in India, where most things are a mess and the chaos of everyday life is seemingly mundane to the locals. In this portrait, I wanted to capture the chaos I'm experiencing through the chaos of my desk, that has only recently become an art desk. The canvas I'm painting on is quite empty (a few squares of a color chart), and the color palette fairly clean. I've only just got into painting, recently, as a way to try and escape from the chaos that has been my experience in India, so these elements of the painting supplies in the portrait aim to illustrate that: I'm only starting to paint, and my painting has only just started. Even though there are many dark lines cast all over the portrait by the shadows of the branches outside, the strong lines of the window's edge and the desk's edge lead the towards the head, the half-face. The perspective is from above, as if I were being watched by someone standing nearby, but I'm too absorbed in what I'm doing to notice just yet. Because I'm escaping. 

All this being said, I don't think much of this would be translated across to most viewers, and perhaps I tried to say too much with a single photo, but that in itself speaks to what my life has been like, at the moment.

What do you all think? I would love to hear the feedback.