A Portrait of a Portrait

Each are 12"x16" Acrylic on Illustration board

Each are 12"x16" Acrylic on Illustration board

Portraits that I create are not photos that I then take into Photoshop and apply a filter, then color it in with paint on a canvas. In order to create these works of art, that you will smile at every time you walk by, I have spent decades practicing and hours and hours working in my studio. Sometimes fighting with demons of doubt. "I can’t do this." "Why do I think I can?" Then all of a sudden, through perseverance, faith and hard work, I make a mark and shivers run through my body. I’ve done it.

11"x14" Charcoal on paper

11"x14" Charcoal on paper

This reminds me of a great little story I heard about Pablo Picasso. I'm not sure if it true or just a fun little tale.

A woman came up to him at a park while he was sitting on a bench sketching. She was so excited.

“You’re him. You're Pablo Picasso.”

He humbly nodded.

           “Would you draw a portrait of me,” she asked him. “I’m such a huge fan and would be so honored.”

He said OK and she sat down. He then got his charcoal and paper and just looked at her. For 20 minutes he just stared at her without touching his supplies. Then as if snapping out of a trance he grabbed his charcoal made one careful gesture on his paper and proclaimed he had finished. The lady looked at it and was amazed. She was so amazed.

“It looks just like me. You captured my very soul. I love it. How much do I owe you?”

“That will be $5000.”

“What?”, she exclaimed in astonishment. “It only took you 20 minutes.”

“No ma'am, It’s taken years of practicing to be able to make that mark.”