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Cocooned

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COCOONED, oil,  50 x 40 cms

© Fergus A Ryan, 2020

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This is on a glue-sized Claessens linen prepared with a ground made of a very fine French chalk (Cornelissen) and boiled linseed oil (Sennelier), toned with mixed-in touches of oil paints, and painted with a very limited palette of just red (Chinese vermilion and deep ochre), yellow (brilliant yellow and Mars yellow), white and black. It was painted using a mirror, just under life size. I believe this is the first self-portrait I have painted, delayed due to an abundance of modesty.