I am a huge fan of the old Dutch Masters. Their use of light and shadow is spectacular. Unlike others from the same time period, the Dutch Masters were more than willing to paint everyday people performing everyday activities. If we were to travel to France or Italy, during the same time, the subject matter would have been themes of religion or the very wealthy.
When I was given the assignment to create a self portrait, I knew exactly the style of image and the location that I wanted to use. So, I drove to the farm, where there is no electricity and I tried to recreate the light and feel of a Dutch Master painting.
What do you think? Did I succeed?