Thursday, March 30, 2006

self portrait tuesday: april fool

Since April Fool is the new Self Portrait Tuesday topic I figured I could get away with posting it on a Thursday in March! I could use that for an excuse or instead, create this mystique about me being a renegade artiste who defies all rules and regs by posting it today.

The truth, however, is so much more prosaic and typical. I needed to take a photo of my studio today and snuck this self portrait in, so thought I'd take a look over at SPT and see what was going on over there in the way of themes these days. When I first discovered this meme I thought I'd participate, but over several months have only managed to pull my finger out for long enough to do one. So I knew if I didn't post this now it would never happen.

How does this apply as 'April fool' you ask? (How can I spin this one...?) Well, maybe I'm not the fool at all and it's you! Do you really believe that I'm hard at work here, gessoing these panels? Check the panels out: they're done. Check me out: no paint-splattered t-shirt or gesso-encrusted hands (and face). I even combed my hair. This is merely a Hollywoodized reasonable facsimile of me working, and the continuity consultants are on their coffee break.

18 Comments:

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Let me be the first to say I love this photo. I was quite taken in...and here I am the fool. I love what you're wearing, by the way. It looks Ethiopian. Is your studio at home?

30/3/06 7:10 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I forgot to say that I had to look up the word prosaic, as I've never heard it used before. Nice word. Prosaic: lacking imagination: not having any features that are interesting or imaginative.
I learn so much from you. :)

30/3/06 7:14 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I could kiss you, Brian! I thought I wasn't going to get any responses to this one. How deflatingly hard on the ego would that be? Getting skunked when posting a photo of oneself...

PS I love it: teaching the teacher!

30/3/06 7:20 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

And yes, it's in my basement.

30/3/06 7:21 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

How wonderful to see you in "action" even if staged. I loved seeing your work in the background too. You never know what size something is till you see it in a picture around other things.
I chickened out of SPT months ago, so you are not alone.
Great job!
a.

30/3/06 7:31 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Andrea, I'm glad to know you don't work looking all spiffy like this. I have such a raggedy assortment of "studio clothes" -- I still remember the bummer of getting gesso on my favorite shoes in art school!

By the way, I was LAUGHING SO HARD when you pointed out my typos on my current post. Creative goats and health goats indeed! I've never fixed a typo so fast! In my defense, my husband was pestering me to come downstairs for lunch so I didn't proofread it. Still, now I've got this image of arty goats in my mind...

30/3/06 8:21 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Andrea: You need to get another name. What's your middle name?

Laini: Speaking of your favourite shoes, spatters of gesso on those polka dot numbers would blend right in! As for the goat thing, it was just me and my ba-a-a-ad manners again. (I'm a Capricorn so I guess it comes naturally.)

30/3/06 9:27 PM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

An April Fool post in March makes perfect sense to me. I love the photo - it's just crying out for a caption: "Gotcha! Stupid rats. They're hardly a challenge any more"

30/3/06 9:35 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

You look enitrely too gorgeous here - I love the look of concentration that you're wearing even if its really one of "now lets keep this all clean and tidy long enough for the self-timer to work".

As to Andrea E getting a new name what about you sticking to Didrooglie?

31/3/06 2:20 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Andrea - posed or not, I know you're as glamorous in splattered clothing and a Belgian Dip (you either know what this is or you have to find out on your own) as you look here! What a beautiful photograph of you! And such a great set up you seem to have. I am defintely suffering from studio envy this week - people have posted pics of great spaces with organized shelves and lots of supplies within reach....( I also envy your shirt:>)

31/3/06 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Detlef said...

that top could be cut a bit lower.

31/3/06 4:49 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Kyknoord: We once had two pet rats so you have no idea how close to the mark you are...

Caroline: Photoshop can do amazing things, can't it? In my next SPT you won't be able to tell me apart from Angelina Jolie! (And NO NO NO ~ I was here first so *she* has to change.)

Carla: Thanks for the compliment but how come my best portraits are the ones where you can't really see my face? :) I did have to look up Belgian Dip and I'm guessing you mean the Austin Powers type and not the pornographic version? :)

Detlef: Ha! It is, hence the tank top underneath...

31/3/06 10:42 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Yes - I mean Dr. Evil's Belgian Dip; I don't know of any other. But feel free to email me about the pornographic one...I need to spice things up a bit at home:>

31/3/06 11:36 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Wow, you look stunning in those clothes, Andrea... and your studio looks great, too.

31/3/06 3:55 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, Justin, but enough with the shirt already, guys! You're forcing me to admit that I bought it on sale at Old Navy for $15 (blush). And Carla: just google Belgian Dip...

31/3/06 3:57 PM  
Blogger carla said...

...okay...I don't need things that spicy!

31/3/06 6:34 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! You're so cute and funny, Andrea! Mary :-)

1/4/06 8:20 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Heeheehee. I thought so... !

4/4/06 9:50 AM  

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