Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oil Portrait Painting

I've been working on a portrait of the parents of the children I posted last time:

Once again the colors didn't translate too well. 

An interesting article recently in the Atlanta paper, taken from the NY Times, on using fake heads and/or bodies in print ads.  A scientific term "uncanny valley" theory applies to this with regard to using unreal faces:  "People will tolerate only so much artificial human likeness before attraction turns into revulsion.  If they added a super realistic but not-real face, they'd become uncanny, and therefore frightening, eerie and creepy."   I wonder if this applies to how people view art.  Are hyper-realistic faces viewed as eerie?  What about other alterations and abstractions?


John Brian Guernsey said...

hi nancy. and happy new year. that looks real good to me.
The whole portrait painting 'thing' is difficult to me, There's so many good portrait artists, and many different approaches; it's overwhelming. But you indeed have a knack for painting recognizable faces. and for good gesture.
As for the photo issue you mention. I don't perceive that as a problem for artists. neccessarily, as long as they underrstand good painting concepts.
john guernsey

Figurative Art said...

Thanks for posting, and really appreciate the comment. I don't think portraits are any harder than plein air. Still hope to work on landscapes more...