Face It

Face It


If you can’t paint, don’t try selling us your paintings.  I get impatient with the profound smudge, the swashbuckle of off-the-shelf colors, the — oh, this is the worst — the emotionful portrait in which the face has met a calamity while the hair, the shoulders remain intelligible.  Either the features — note: we call them features — have been scraped or blurred or blotted, or the sitter has just met with an unfortunate airplane propeller.

Rembrandt’s great portraits?  How about he twists his biggest brush into wet paint over the eyes nose and mouth? Ah, but Rembrandt could paint. So why would he?

Here are examples of blotchy brushwork.  As in Rembrandt’s late portraits you don’t miss the emotional humanity on display.  For me this ability to capture elusive nuances of expression is among art’s highest achievements.  Whereas the Mona Lisa’s fun but she leaves me cold.


painting by Linda E Anderson
half torso of a man by Linda E Anderson


Tai-Shan-Schierenberg painting
male head by Tai-Shan-Schierenberg


When You Get There, by Mia Bergeron
When You Get There, by Mia Bergeron


Male Head by  Ho-Jun Lee
Male Head by Ho-Jun Lee

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