What makes someone every day different, still being the same person?
These differences, if you can catch them, do they bring an insight of personality?*
I noticed in the Art of Watercolor magazine a watercolor of Myrna Wacknov representing her self-portrait in a series of nine paintings.
I liked the idea, but wouldn't paint 9 portraits on a single sheet, fearing to have to start it all over in case one would ba failed.
So I have measured each portrait to paint them separately, and then assemble them on the same painting, selecting the very best.
The idea proved right beause it took me about 14 paintings in order to retain 9. The model, of course, is Gervaise, every day different.
To create a consistency, I kept the same framing of the subject, very close to Myrna's painting, and I realized the background with three colors (green, purple and cobalt blue). Painting portraits, I tried several styles, more or less realistic, more or less colorful.
Also, I have invested into a digital SLR camera, to keep as much as possible original colors. With professionnal flashes, the pictures are faithful to the original, provided that the camera is correctly parametrized.
I also innovated filming the realization of a portrait, and editing the movie in accelerated speed. Last, I have made a animation of the portraits with Photoshop to explain the concept of this artistic project.