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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Portrait of Paloma
Drawing children takes a different kind of skill. There is always a chance that they might end up looking too mature for their age and be a parody of themselves! Only a very few artists, in my opinion has been able to capture that essence of childhood. Mary Cassat is one of the painters, I feel who was able to do it with aplomb! Even though Sargent is one of my most favorite painters , I always feel his portraits of children lack the innocence I would love to see in them . The portraits of the daughters of Edward Boit, specially has a sense of mystery and secretiveness that makes for a great work of art but it does lacks the sense of innocence and vulnerability! Of course I have to add here, that romanticizing children and sugar coating their portraits is not something I am advocating! What I want from a child's portrait is to glimpse his character but at the same time have that sense of sweetness! But it is always easy to critique someone else work than to do one's own!
Portrait of a Child, Marry Cassat
Daughters of Edward Boit, Sargent Boston MFA
Paloma, Ishita Bandyo
The case in point is my rendering of Paloma, my two year old (going on three) ! She looks way older than her true age. I think the harsh lighting has something to with that. I feel proportionally it is not too bad but somehow, there is something missing ...... Something that makes it Paloma. She looks not only older but sort of wiser! Maybe that is who she is, but being her mom I still see her as the little infant I brought home?