Portraits

 If B.A.S. members have seen the Easel, I would be very interested to

 hear their opinions on the possibility of injecting emotion into/onto a

 face, actually the same goes if they hav'nt seen the Easel

 Derek

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Portraits

 I do see where Derek is coming from with people talking about injecting feeling/sympathy etc into a painting. We are only painters, all we can do is slap it on, a bit like make up really, of course if we were actors we could just shove on the mask for the part like the Greeks. Tragedy, Comedy,Man/Women, the masks were meant to depict emotion instantly showing the mood and meaning of the character, they also were used to help project the actor's voice to the back of the amphitheatre. They should bring these back for to-day's movies where the mode is to whisper, what is that all about?  One constantly hears artist's complaining "I should have shown the tender/powerful etc side of the sitter, I'm not happy with it" it's to late then. Its the same with all paintings, once one has worked out what to do, and how, the painting is finished; all that remains is to paint it.

Emotion in a portrait

Not an easy subject. May I suggest that colour choice may be one avenue to stroll along. Try a very limited palette for each portrait: blues for sadness, yellows for joy, reds for passion, and so on. That is, the 'standard' colours related to mood. Facial expression and body posture may also contribute to display emotion in the sitter as well as application of paint via brush, knife or anything else. What about the artist displaying his/her own emotion while painting a portrait? Whose emotions should be displayed?

Emotions in a painting

I think that the difference between a good portrait painter and an excellent one is the ability to give some indication of the personality of the sitter.

There are many artists who can give an accurate portrail of the sitter, but very few who can capture the emotions of the sitter. Perhaps the prime exponent is Rembrandt, who really caught everything about his sitters. Though one might not like his style, Freud is another painter who seems to get under the skin of his subjects. To my mind another painter who really captures the personality of his subjects was Singer Sargent.

Emotions in a painting

 Thank you Bernard, my problem is with the words used in describing a portrait, yes I agree emotions can be captured but I still maintain those

emotions are there to be captured, when a painter talks of trying to instil the

humanity behind the symbol that is the queen, I don't believe that is possible

if it is'nt there in the first place. When we look at a portrait are we seeing

emotions or expressions.