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Portraiture…the “extreme sport” of art!

On a number of occasions over these past few months, at various times, it has struck me the high degree of challenge there is in portraiture, particularly in aiming to capture the likeness of an individual.  Surely portraiture is the “extreme sport” of art because of that challenge. 

A few examples which have set me thinking…  Driving in traffic up from the Spit Bridge towards Mosman, I happened to briefly glimpse to the right of me, and in the time it took me to glance back to my daughter I commented that the person in the car that had just past us looked like a friend of ours.  All I had seen was the briefest glimpse of a silhouette, I didn’t recognise the car, and sure enough my daughter confirmed that they were subsequently waving to us.  Likewise waiting with a friend at Canberra airport recently to meet another friend for a reunion, as we sat in the lounge watching the passengers disembark we happened to notice “someone’s arm pulling on a jacket” and in that one gesture we knew it was our friend.  

Then today…visiting a couple of artist friends (Rhonda Meryl-White and Masako Gordon), amongst many topics covered over lunch we were then looking at some images on the computer when a close up of one eye only was shown on the screen, I immediately identified the model.   Our power of recognition from even the smallest amount of information amazes me.  It’s actually quite daunting if you think about it too much however I also find it quite fascinating and part of the thrill of portraiture in getting that likeness.

The real joy in selling…

Over the past four months I have been exhibiting various works in various exhibitions; a pastel portrait selected to be hung in the Warringah Art Show (see “Emerging” in my Portrait Gallery) and missing out on getting into the Mosman Art Exhibition amongst the highs and lows.  A number of my paintings have sold during that time, which is always a thrill, however the ultimate joy for me is when I actually get to meet the person who is buying my paintings. 

My most recent exhibition has been as part of the Mosman Art Society’s 9″ x 5″ Exhibition.  As a member of the society, I was happy to go along to Headland Park where the exhibition was being held and to take my turn at manning the exhibition.  It was a sunny morning and I had taken a drawing I was working on with me to play with while I was there.  During the morning visitors kept popping in to see the exhibition, including a mother, Susan, and her young daughter.  With over 140 paintings hung as part of the exhibition, there was a lot to take in with a variety of subject matter and painting styles and mediums.  Having had a couple of looks around the exhibition, Susan then pointed to a painting she would like to buy.  With so many small paintings and all hung quite close together, I sensed Susan was pointing to one of my paintings however wanted to clarify I had the right one.   Susan confirmed that “yes” that was the one she wanted and we were both delighted at having met each other. 

For an artist, or certainly for me, it is a thrill to sell your work, to have someone appreciate your creation and to actually buy it.  What tops that off is when I actually meet the person who is buying my art as it is a very special connection.  I guess because my art feels very much to me an expression of my soul, and so to meet another in this way feels like a soul connection.  Something in the work is connecting two beings in a special way and is for me, the real joy in selling.