| I like the thoughtful expression, the modern watch, the way the right side of her head fades into the dark, and|
the fac tthat I didn't get all made up or even comb my hair. I used to be one of those gals, but I outgrew it.
I decided to use myself because I am accessible. Portraits hold my interest for long periods of painting time. Fleshtones are always a major concern; it wouldn't hurt me to take some time on them. The Venetian Technique suits portraiture. The general public probably appreciates the style's realism more than they do my favorite, the more painterly gestural style. And my family might hold on to this painting after I'm gone, whereas a still life they'd probably let go in the estate sale; I would. ;-))
Here's a couple of more shots that have possibilities, but must be reshot; the sun had risen and with it, glare increased.
|Not so natural here. I changed my tank top just to see what a more muted tone would do. Also put on some blusher and shouldn't have. Portrait artist/photographers need a bit of the stylist in them. I also enhanced the photo and shouldn't have.|
"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." --John Singer Sargent quoted by Robert Genn in his newsletter, "Portrait", on November 3, 2000
That's the truth, but maybe not so much using the Venetian approach and the grid, which "simplifies our drawing process and removes issues of perspective and scale." (Todd Burroughs).