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Portraiture and perceptions…

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How do YOU perceive yourself? If an artist were to paint your portrait, what defining facial features would you want showcased? It is interesting to think of such open-ended scenarios when attempting to capture the “essence” of a human subject. For example, when I painted my daughter’s fairy portrait (pictured above) I emphasized her large, blue eyes. When creating fantasy portraiture, compared to traditional/realist portraits, I always focus on my model’s dominant feature(s). I am not into tracing a light table version of a person. If that is the desired effect, fine. However, I personally feel it is not a true essence of one’s energy. If you want a picture for your photo album/wallet, fine…go to a photo studio and get snap shots. If you want something original, sentimental and magical…have an artist do a portrait. I’ve grown to love the portraits created by my fellow artist friends depicting memorial portraits of a loved one, the painting to announce the birth of a new baby, or any lifetime milestone. There is just something special about the human creating and capturing the likeness and life of another. Just my humble opinion.

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Posted by purpleeggplants on November 23, 2012

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