Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mixed Media Portraits

Creating portraits 
takes so very long..

finding that thing about someone that makes them
unique or capturing the essence of presence,
is not always easy 
and I don't always get it right...

A Portrait of Ella, Caterina Giglio, detail, mixed media painting, 12 x 16

but I hoped to capture 
the determination..
the presence..
the creative spark 
that Ella exudes..

She is remarkable ..
not because she is beautiful..
but she is talented and brilliant, thoughtful and astute..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media Painting, A Portrait of Ella, 12 x 16 on cradled board

When I paint or draw a portrait, 
I usually begin with a photo..
making several copies..
and blowing up details..

I never have the opportunity to paint with a  sitting subject..

the magnificent photo below was taken by 
E. J. Carr

and it took my breath away when I saw it,
because I thought he had captured her so perfectly..
such a magical presence..

of course it always helps to know your subject..
helps and hinders
especially if you cannot seem to convey what you
want to say in paint..
pencils and art sticks..

Photo above by E..J. Carr, Mixed Media Painting, Caterina Giglio 

So this will be off in the mail to
my dear friends and I hope they love it..


and then I started a quick pencil sketch..
because my granddaughter 
asked for a drawing of her for her birthday..

actually she said..
 "I want crayons, a yo-yo and you know how you drew a picture of Gina real good?"
..do you think you can draw me too?"

be still my heart..

so I used her little selfie taken some weeks before..
and started drawing
in pencil and graphite..

and I still have to get those crayons..
the big box with the sharpener.. 
and a yo-yo

Pencil and Graphite drawing, Taylor, Caterina Giglio, 8 x 8 on mixed media paper

This week, I am making notes for my
Vlog post on Friday..
and I hope to be able to get back to work on my new series..
and experimenting with some fun
mono printing techniques..

and obviously
 I am off to find a suitable frame..
birthday presents won't wait..



Randi Kuhne said...

Congrats on finishing two more lovely portraits! You really put your heart into them!

Caterina Giglio said...

Randi, thanks so much!! felt so good to finish them!! x

Sharmon Davidson said...

I think your portraits are really special, Cat. You have somehow managed to capture the spirits of these two beautiful people. Ella's portrait reflects exactly those personality traits you described. It's a rare talent, to be able to do that. I'm scared to even try it. Just beautiful!

CAWeStruck said...

What fabulous portraits, Caterina! Trying to capture the essence of someone is a worthy pursuit, and such a gift to offer those who have been fortunate enough to gain your loving attention.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Both portraits are incredible. I am in awe of your drawing skills and I especially LOVE Taylor. That is the perfect image of her. And of course, Ella seemed to blossom through your portrait. You have magical skills, dear Cat.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

lovely...drawing and painting portraits is a special talent...not just worked at but developed over time and the secret too of an open heart...well done!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful new direction your portraits. Love you collage as you know, but this is a striking constrast. xox

Dorthe said...

Oh dear Cat, you are such a brilliant artist, in so many ways- These portraits just show how very ,very clever you are, too, with a pencil and paints - Oh my, I totally is drawn into the eyes of these two beautiful girls- one grown and already living her life, the other a young school girl, only starting it all. You are so capturing the beautiful spirit of them both !!
Love, Dorthe

froebelsternchen said...

The portraits are so beautiful! Gorgeous!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sharmon!! Thank you, sweetie, I so appreciate that and it means so much coming from you.. well we all have our things that we do.. I just wish I could illustrate, but I am really lousy at it!! But it is fun to try!! Go ahead and give it a go!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Carol, thank you so much, I agree.. and I do fall into the zone when I am capturing a likeness!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E. Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your kind remarks.. I felt quite pleased with both of them and now want to give it a break for a while.. one can only do it for so long!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Mary Ann, you are so kind, and that is very true, developed is the perfect word to describe the journey that an artist undertakes to create a portrait. Thank you!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks so much, Corrine, I have always done portraits but when I fell in love with paper and texture, they took a back seat. They are incredibly time consuming.. but worth it, I think!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh wow, Dorthe, thank you, that is such a very kind compliment.. and I so appreciate your kind words. It was fun to be so challenged. I am really expanding my art horizons this year and having such fun!! Thanks so much, dear friend!! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you so much, Susi!! and thanks for stopping by!! xo

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