|Kristen, 9" x 12" oil on board|
If you find yourself slavishly copying a photo, and it is a perfect picture as is, than just stop there and frame it. The beauty of being an artist is to make an emotional connection between artist and viewer. Using a reference picture should only be the jumping off spot to making a connection. How can you do that when capturing a portrait that should look like the person or pet for your painting, you ask?
I really don't have a simple answer, but for me I look for something in the reference photos... a look, a gesture, an action. For instance, here is a portrait of a young girl, my daughter, Kristen, entering adulthood. She has such a beautiful soul, our little Kristen. The story I see behind this painting is that she's on her way out the door and I think the angle shows motion and the white is the door jamb...a quick look back to me....bye mom, I love you...(or was it bye, mom... I took money out of your wallet)....and she's gone. At the same time, it symbolizes her metamorphosis from young girl/child to young woman.
I truly love paintings that deliver a meaning, a story, an emotion. Do you have any favorites?
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