a special note to jon (portrayed above) regarding his portrait swap with louise (below): no way are you hogging blogspace, jon! in my mondo beyondo dream come true, portrait parties will replace drug abuse as the most notorious addiction on earth. just pace yourself, brother, you don't want to end up like our last portrait junkie did.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
josh swears that this really is his last swap. i hope he does another one though and swears that one is his last one. and so on...
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
this portrait of flo (above) isn't the best likeness that julie has captured of her "hard to pin down" daughter. it is a wonderful representation of her family portraits though and it speaks to one of my favorite philosophies of portraiture; namely, a good portrait is more than a good likeness. flo's drawing of her mom (below) is another beautiful example.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
ryan (portrayed above) addressed a true phenomenon with his multiple portraits of france (below): it can be intimidating to draw someone who draws portraits all the time. also, it isn't easy to draw teeth. but soldier on artists! the more you do it, the better you get.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
sandra fisher (portrayed above) is considered an unusually sociable artist because she enjoyed painting other artists and being painted herself. this portrait of her by maurice cockrill (portrayed below) is different from any of his other paintings. that's why i love it so much. he set his style aside to paint her portrait and they ended up really looking at each other.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
can't you just see patrick (portrayed above) mackin' on the ladies in a dark corner of the portrait party? it may be a complete misrepresentation but, thanks to this portrait and the previous swap, i can't help by see him as a silk-robed ladies man in the style of the cosmopolitan. thanks to morgan (below) for promoting this ridiculous reputation.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
holman-hunt, rossetti, and millais are famous for their gang, the pre-raphaelite brotherhood. besides disturbing the peace with their paintings of green trees (brown was the fashionable color for trees at the time), the brotherhood drew each other all the time. holman-hunt drew millais and rossetti (above). rossetti drew these great cartoon of millais and holman-hunt (below).
millais seems to be the flake of this portrait party but he wasn't. he worked his friends into his illustrations. can you "where's waldo" the portrait of rossetti in millais' painting below?
click the painting for a hint.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
here are two of my favorite quick portraits by my wife and me. i caught christine (above) sketching a picture of my mom. my parents actually came to town last weekend and i was bummed that we didn't have a portrait party. i was curious to see how christine and my mom would draw one another. one of the things that i love about drawing with each of them is that they are both so humble. they both draw. they both draw very well. but they both seem delighted and surprised when the drawings are complete. my mom smiles and waves away compliments. christine gets a childlike glow, especially when she captures a good likeness, like this one (below) that she got of me.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
the two painters portrayed above are frank auerbach and sandra fisher. the artist, ronald b. kitaj, is credited with bringing pop art to britain even though his work clearly defies that label. auerbach drew sandra and kitaj below.
and sandra painted her husband, kitaj, below.
it looks like auerbach up and ran before sandra could paint him also. too bad really.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
it is also my favorite drawing that i have seen by jennifer. you can see all the work that she put into it and her patience pays off.