Wednesday, July 25, 2012
(Clockwise from top left: "Jenny" by tushtush; "Ellen" by tuesday mourning; Days Like This by Fine Point Studio - Carol Hopper; Portrait by Michael Hammer; "The Boy in the Black Bow Tie" by Kiki & Polly - Lisa Golightly.)
This collection features unusual portraits in a variety of styles, all hand-drawn or painted with a sparse or somewhat unexpected use of color. My favorite thing about portraits, and these are no exception, is each unique expression captured. Even the Kiki & Polly portrait, which lacks definite facial characteristics, still conveys a certain expression. I love to study faces, to look into the subject's eyes and imagine what this person must have been thinking, what his or her life might be like. Whether the subject is real or imaginary makes no difference.
Alice Neel (who is probably most known for her portraits) said, "Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people." When I read that it rang true for me too. Despite the fact that I'm an introvert, I'm very interested in people. A good portrait can tell you so much about a person, don't you think?