Shadow Selfies
Very Original Autobiographical Oil Paintings
by Donna S Schaffer

Attention is power. "Famous" people know that if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie photo, captured with your own phone, provides something very powerful from the most privileged perspective possible. Actor James Franco says, "Everyone has a different reason for posting selfie photos, but, in the end, selfies are avatars: Mini-Mes that we send out to give others a sense of who we are".

Donna Schaffer's shadow selfies painting series make selfies larger than an iphone snapshot, they're slow painted in oil as opposed to the quick photo selfie. Schaffer says, "They're a very autobiographical perspective on me -- a long, tall shadow of long, tall Donna Schaffer. My shadow selfies are clear clues to what I love--the beautiful wine country in which I live, the breathtaking underwater vistas which I visit regularly, the amazing California coast, and even the ordinary scenes and snapshots of how I live".

Each of Schaffer's selfie shadow paintings reveal an encounter, a meeting of artist and environment and a dialogue between the two. The paintings blur the line between portrait and landscape by depicting the artist's presence in her landscapes and places that have special familiarity or personal meaning to her.

Donna Schaffer with Shadow Selfie

The locations have universality and are yet diverse from simple-at home, everyday, making it bigger than life to complex-far away vistas that transport the viewer to new heights and new depths.

In her shadow selfies, Schaffer lets herself take center stage. Each painting reflects her awareness of her presence in every scene. Schaffer's shadow in each painting grabs the viewer and makes them become engaged with the piece. No one can NOT look! The shadow began as Schaffer but becomes the viewer as they engage in observing and experiencing the selfie's environment.

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Outstanding in my Field Shadow Selfie Oil Painting Feeding the Ponies Oil Painting Gazing at Water Lilies Selfie Oil Painting
Outstanding in my Field

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Feeding the Ponies

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Gazing at Water Lilies

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Baked on Plaza Street Selfie Oil Painting On My Road Oil Painting Crossing The Bridge Selfie Oil Painting
Baked on Plaza Street

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

On My Road

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
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Crossing the Bridge

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
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Snorkeling a Deep Coral Reef Selfie Oil Painting Strolling At Tropical Low Tide Selfie Oil Painting Snorkeling A Coral Reef Selfie Oil Painting
Snorkeling a Deep Coral Reef

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Strolling At Tropical Low Tide

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Snorkeling A Coral Reef

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Amongst Beached Kelp Oil Painting On A Coastal Overlook Oil Painting Mingling with Cauliflower and Broccoli Selfie Oil Painting
Amongst Beached Kelp

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

On A Coastal Overlook

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Mingling with Cauliflower and Broccoli

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Between Old Vines Selfie Oil Painting Pushing The Vineyard Edge Selfie Oil Painting Inspecting The Harvest Selfie Oil Painting
Between Old Vines

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Pushing The Vineyard Edge

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

Inspecting The Harvest

Shadow Selfie Series

24"H x 18"W
Original oil painting

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To obtain pricing information for one of these original oil paintings send an e-mail to: dsscha@hotmail.com or call Donna Schaffer at 707-328-5281