Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Monday 04 March |
Saint of the Day: St. Casimir
Aleteia logo
Art & Culture
separateurCreated with Sketch.

WATCH: Ewan McClure paints a self-portrait from behind the canvas

J-P Mauro - published on 11/14/17

More than seeing through a glass darkly ...
Without donors, Aleteia's future is uncertain.
Join our Lenten Campaign 2024.

Artist Ewan McClure of Edinburgh, Scotland, specializes in figures and portraits. Watch as he paints his own portrait backwards and through a mirror. While we do acknowledge that this is a “double negative” — because he is painting from behind the canvas his left and right movements are not truly reversed through the mirror — it is no less impressive that the finished work is so recognizably his face.

Ewan calls this the “mirror technique,” a style he says “allows me to paint a larger-than-life portrait while viewing the sitter and painting in alignment.” He filmed this video with the camera behind a two-way mirror, so he wouldn’t have the reflection of the camera to distract him. Ewan displays the technique in another video in which he paints a friend in the same way.

We are blown away by the way he uses a wide brush to bring so much character to a face. When he gets serious he can capture a person’s face as well as any camera.

Facebook - Fair Use

But what made us fall in love with his style was not the pioneering method, but his attention to detail. Ewan painted this self portrait in 2013.

Facebook - Fair Use

Well, we guess it happened to be hanging in the background of one of his other portraits, so he repainted it to such a degree that it almost looks like a photoshopped image.

Facebook - Fair Use

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.