I’ve been thinking a lot about contemporary portraiture lately, having just given a new talk on the subject, followed by a new weekend workshop.
I’ve been drawing or painting or otherwise making portraits my entire life, and it remains an important aspect of my work.
Nowadays a lot of my portraits are photo-based, as you can see in my posts and website. I got thinking about when I first started working on photo-based and photo-digital portraits, and realized it was for my first solo show as an adult, entitled Face[t]s of Valerie, in 2007. All of the portraits were of my friend Valerie, alone or sometimes in combination with me.
This image was kind of the title piece for the show, and the deepest I explored digitally in it, (the show was multimedia, because I am nothing if not a “multi” kind of artist, lol!). It’s called The Many Facets of Valerie.
In it you can see numerous shots from the bigger shoot, allowing me to show what interested me: the living face of my subject, its variability and expressiveness. “I am large, I contain multitudes” wrote Walt Whitman, as we all are.
So it’s a seminal, developmental piece. It started a train of thought that hasn’t stopped since, though it has branched off and grown in many directions.
19"x13” digital print. And yes, it’s available.
Does this kind of post, deep-diving into an individual piece, interest you? If so, please let me know in the comments.
Instead of writing more in this second blog post about my installation at the In Situ 2018 festival, (to see part one click here), I will speak to you via the video below, shot and edited by my charming colleague photographer/videographer Nettie Seip, to whom I owe many thanks!
You'll see me on-site in the room during the early stages of installation as I talk about the work and my intentions for it. Then you get to tour through it at night with it fully installed while the festival was in progress.
Please take a look and let me know what you think!
Perhaps after the holidays I will put together some time-lapse video shot over the three nights I spent drawing the Hearts in Place mural in front of the festival audience. I will upload it to my YouTube channel – please click on the link and if you like it, consider subscribing :-)
Video shot and edited by Nettie Seip, www.nettiephotography.com
May we all shine our light a little brighter and spread a little more love this year.
Thanks so much for your interest, enthusiasm and support, it means a lot.
Wishing you (and your family) all the best in 2017.
A little dose of food-related everyday beauty for the holiday: onion skins like fallen petals. "Another Kind of Skin" (since I do so much work with images of human skin). Enjoy!
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it.
This is otherwise not a season-specific post, but maybe the sunshine and weather today at home is reminding me of my beautiful day in Maastricht, The Netherlands, last month. A beautiful mediaeval town in the south of the country, where I spent a day walking around with my backpack and camera, visited an art program and bought some health food (as I always must to accommodate my allergies).
Here is a collaged panorama shot of the boat hotel where I stayed, on the river Maas (aka Meuse), as I embarked on my day's walking.
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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