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A Portrait of Harriet

Discussion in 'Fine Art and Design' started by Sunstone, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Rival

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    Honestly my first thought was to texture all the black as though it were a huge mane of hair and put little stars in it.
     
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    Regardless of this privy prudishness, the painting is very good, especially with its use of colour. :)
     
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    Judging by this thread, I better stay out of saunas with American tourists, that's for sure. It's common here for people of all ages and sexes to mingle, stark naked, in a sauna together without there being long discussions on the optics of it. A person entering a public place naked comes there knowing that a) you are going to be naked, b) it's still a public place, meaning all the usual rules of civil behaviour are in place, plus there aren't dark corners to hide in or whatever the mental image here is about what people think other people do when they see bare skin for someone younger than themselves. As others have several times pointed out here already, there are no optics for it. It's just culture. I can tell it's a shocking idea to many here, but there legitimelly are places in the world where nudity doesn't immediately cause such a stir.

    Mm.... When we factor in temperatures, I'm willing to say yes. You're more than welcome to come and prove me wrong, though. :D
     
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  4. Sunstone

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    Thank you so much! What do you like best about it? Besides the color?
     
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    Not trying to brag, but I bet I've have a shot at proving you're wrong. I can take a pretty hot sauna.
     
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    The pose. Its super bold. Bald? Bold. :D
     
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    That's so creative -- and it would make such a good painting -- that I might try it. Please remind me of it in a month or so, if you think of it. I'll be about finished with my backlog of requests by then.
     
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    Men, women, children...small farm animals....all would run if I took up the practice.
    Besides, sitting still in a sauna for any length of time would be difficult.
    I like heat...just couldn't sit still.
     
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    You painted this?
     
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    Yup. Finished it up last night.
     
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    I don't like to try to lead people on how to interpret my paintings -- because I think that's up to them, not me -- but for what it's worth, I was trying to capture or to suggest the fact Harriet is very independent. Dances to her own drum. Has a very sure sense of herself. All of that, along with the notion that she's passionate about life.

    Don't know how well I did that.
     
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    There's a bit of a story behind the color scheme. At the risk of boring you, here it is:

    When I met Harriet -- and for a few years afterwards -- she went by the nickname of "Grey". She'd been given the name by friends of hers because she was of half-Polish, half-West African ancestry. That is, half-white, half-black, hence, "grey". So that's where I came up with the idea of painting her in greys.

    Originally, I was going to do the whole painting in grey.

    But then I realized that she would look passionate-less done all in grey. Harriet tends to be aloof, but she's anything but passionate-less. That is, she is passionate about life.

    So in mid-painting, I decided to do the other half of her in one of my favorite colors, a version of Conté's sanguine. If you're not familiar with Conté crayons, they are clay sticks. And Conté's sanguine colored sticks have been made famous by their use by almost every prominent artist since the 1800s. Name a famous artist, and you can somewhere find a work of his or hers in Conté sanguine.

    However, to me, the even more important thing about the color is that I believe it expresses passion better than almost any other color.

    So that's the backstory to the two colors in the painting. Harriet coming to life. Which is pretty much what happened to her as she grew up: She came to life in those years.

    You are now permitted to declare that I over-think my paintings. Which is true.

    EDIT: I didn't capture the sanguine precisely, just approximately.
     
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    That is wonderful! You have answered my unasked question, why those two colors. I didn't like the grey as it seemed so cold, but, now I love it! The form is also very good, imo.
     
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    After further contemplation, I saw it as a portrait of a woman who is 'old for her age' as they say.
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
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    That's a fitting description of Harriet. She's one of those people who seems more mature than her age. Although, I'm not exactly sure one would call her "and old soul" -- as people sometimes call others.
     
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