Monday, July 03, 2006

Karen's Dad


My boss asked me to do a portrait of her dad. Ordinarily I insist on taking my own reference shots but he died a long time ago, so that was out of the question. She picked a wedding photo of hers! This is the result - I'm pleased with it - I hope she is too. I'm still practicing getting my photography right so please bear with me!

I had a lightbulb moment yesterday - I was thinking about abstracts - which I love and it struck me that I love abstracts like Rothko that have lots of colour - it may only be one colour but its definitely colour. Yet I love black and white photography and detailed realism in black and white. So it occurred to me that maybe I need to limit my detailed work to graphite and paint abstracts - that fills me with terror as I have no idea where to start with an abstract. Maybe I'll just gaze in wonder at other people's abstracts and go on painting and drawing realism in monochrome.

4 comments:

The Epiphany Artist said...

Those Cherries that sold were not Monochrome!!

Mary said...

The portrait looks great, Anita.

Robin Neudorfer said...

I will give you the notes I took in my abstract class. During the next year, you will find many reasons to go abstract.
This portrait turned out really great, even with a RI that was not up to your standards. Where is your brochure?

Anita said...

Terri - the cherries were - just not black and white - but mainly the same colour tones - don't you think? Hope to catch you Sunday!

Mary - you are so sweet! Hugs!

Robin - would love your notes - yes I feel the next year might well bring out a lot of abstracts!

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