Bijgewerkt op: 8 nov. 2022
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
Until I realise that I feel the person, then it is right!
Let me say that if 'the soul' is there, then as a viewer you feel the closeness of that person.
And how that comes about?
The physical characteristics
These are for example, her silhouette, the eyes, mouth and nose. These are very decisive and are key for the right likelyness. Another aspect is the typical pose at which I portray a person. I want to portray him or her in a pose that how you know and recognise him or her from a distance (silhouette).
The most important question is: What needs attention and what not and in what order. Which anchors, as I call recognisable aspects of the portrait, do I celebrate in the painting and how? This can be achieved with the lighting or through the level of detail, or amplifying a contrast.
This is the most important and sensitive part in portrait painting: finding the right hierarchy in what builds up and evokes the feeling you have, being with that person. That is why I always start with meeting each other in real live. To understand how it feels, being together.
INSPIRED ON AN ORIGINAL DUTCH VERSION, WRITTEN BY Arjo de Vries
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