Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What would your Portrait look like?

I am in one of those periods when my neck and upper back are giving me fits. It seems like I am stuck at the moment with ice and rest helping very little. Certainly painting and what I am doing at the moment are not contributing to healing. Very frustrating.

In the 2003 documentary "Living With Michael Jackson", which has been reaired lately, I recall seeing an intriguing painting. I know MJ loved and collected art, but he also had a number of portraits painted. I was unable to find the one in the film, but did find these two fascinating paintings. All I can say is what a complicated soul.
If you had endless cash, what would a your portrait look like? Who would paint it (living or dead, for fun), what style, what setting? Give me the details.
David Nordahl
Poem: "I am the thinker, the thinking, the thought, I am the seeker, the seeking, the sought, I am the dewdrop, the sunshine, the storm, I am the phenomenon, the field, the form, I am the desert, the ocean, the sky, I am the Primeval Self, in you and I."

Norman Oak, 1995


Sheila said...

Wow... I wonder what Wyeth's painting would have looked like. He certainly would not have done anything as gaudy,ornate with a touch of the absurd as these paintings though technically well done.

If money were no object, I'd love a wall of 8x10's done by my artist's friends of how they see me in what ever medium they chose.

How about you Tracey? What would you do?

Kathleen Krucoff said...

First, I hope your back and neck problems heal quickly!

Interesting question you pose here. I think my portrait would need to have me smiling, looking just like me and not some fantasy figure I wished I was. And it would have to include Dan & our bassets. We'd need to be outside, with the Grand Tetons as the backdrop. Portrait complete.

Who would paint it? My first thought is you...seriously!

What about you? What would yours look like and who would paint it?

DEB said...

Whoa..He sure was theatrical! I would have one of my artist friends paint me in a realistic style, and it would be like me - a simple, straight forward traditional portrait. The background would be woods and a stream. I'd have my family around me - peeking out from the trees or enjoying the shade beneath them.

Gwen Bell said...

this is an interesting and intriguing question. Since I have never even done a self portrait, the thought of someone else painting me is terrifying!

No pretty portraits for me. I think I would like Frida Kahlo to do mine. I look put together on the outside but have lived through unbelievable pain & abuse,loss, depression, hospitalizations, etc. I think Frida could find all the broken parts and paint them in a way that would make sense to me even if to no one else.