18 February 2000
When I walked into the living room tonight I was startled to find
multiple David Duchovnys staring at me. I had forgotten, or not realized,
actually, how many copies of that portrait there were scattered and hung
around the room. There are a bunch of water colors laying where they
dried, and some "greeting cards", and a couple of larger, more finished inkjet copies taped in
an oak frame, and a large pastel that's only a pencil sketch and an
underlayer of crimson pastel... Oh, yeah, it's the Valentine picture from
the other day. I love the coloring. And the tie. For me, there's
somthing about a man in a tie.
Of course, the portrait isn't really mine. It wasn't my eye or my hand
that captured the essence-- though I know I could have had the man
been sitting for me. But, no, not this time. This time,
I just found a photograph and saw some
possibilities. So the portraits that I've come up with can only be
mine in a small way-- weak reinterpretations at best.
The watercolors look a bit washed out, except for the eyes, which
look as if there's a light and depth in them and they're real,
glistening, looking directly at one... Interesting.
I can't do anything about the pastel until I get some pastel paper--
though I suppose I could try pencil or charcoal... I
thought I had some good pastel paper around here-- I found the velour
paper, but-- and I thought I had some 24 inch watercolor bristol,
too, but I can't find it.
There was a time, not long ago, when I would've tried needlpoint or
cross stitch... that could really work well on this one... No, I
can't see myself putting together the color pallet-- is that how
you spell it? Maybe if I could have one of those kits made up...
I've got a couple of 3 by 4 foot canvasses, and the acrylic paints
are still good-- but where's the easel? And do I have enough-- Do
I really want to prepare a canvass--?
Rats. I think I'm getting lazy.
The injet copies-- I ran them on bristol board-- are
suitable for framing-- the simple oak frame looks well, and I think
I may do that when I get the picture done to my satisfaction and
reprinted-- though I will have it enlarged. The matting will have to
be a warm cream, and then, perhaps I can find some silk grosgrain,
maroon, I think, that picks up the tie... and a bit of matte gold...
The greeting cards I'll save for women who have an appreciation of the
Provocative. Good art is provocative. That's true. My art teacher
said so. He said, "Art must provoke a response." My art provoked a 40
minute criticism from him, as I recall-- I told him he should give me
an A. Ah, well. I liked the piece.
It's true that if there is a piece of art that one appreciates, it
is because the art provoked a feeling or emotion or-- je ne sais
quoi. This portrait I've been messing with, for whatever reason,
And not just on a crude and obvious, sexual level, though that's
there, too. But there's something more...
We bring to the art that which is in our own minds, our own
experience, our own dreams. (And sometimes, like Cyranno's Roxanne,
we fool ourselves completely!)
But an artist, a true Artist, paints a portrait that, somehow, even
though the artist doesn't know the person he is portraying, conveys
to the viewer some truth about the person. The better the artist, the
more profound the truth revealed...
This is also true for actors and storytellers who make characters come to
life. Even though they can't know the truth, they can, by artistic
embellishment of the bare bones they are given-- like a forensic
sculptor fleshing out a skull, present us with
what seems to us a complete and true portrait.
Ningauble of the Seven Eyes once said, "He who lies artistically
treads closer to the truth than ever he knows." Think about that.
I love portraits. I look into a face, into someone's eyes, and though
I can't know what that person was thinking, I can certainly
Someday, if I get my way, they-- the interesting people, famous or
not-- are going to be sitting for me in person...
I wonder what I did with that easel...
Copyright © 2000 New Moon
P-a-l-e-t-t-e. Palette. A selection of colors the artist will
use for a given work. (At least I didn't spell it with an "a.")
... and I can't find the canvasses or the easel.
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