red carnation for birthday
" Birthday carnation 80 x 110 cm tempera colors on whitened paper.
Using tempera colors and paper for the first time was an exciting experience for me. Because I wasn't familiar with the best way to process and prepare the paper, the portrait has rumpled in some areas. It was painted in October of 2019. That afternoon, I missed my class. I couldn't stop painting. That was my first experience holding several brushes at once. In the months leading up to the completion of this painting, my mother and I have talked regularly. The memories of a traumatic event prevented us from communicating for a while. I don't remember if I mentioned this painting to her. I sometimes wait until the right moment, or perhaps I was shy.
The portraits are taken by my friend Leifur Wilberg Orrason.