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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:02 am    Post subject: portraits, self or otherwise Reply with quote

A trip to Canberra for me always includes a visit to The National Portrait Gallery...two venues...Old Parliament House and a building by the lake...

thought you might enjoy this:

http://www.portrait.gov.au/gallery/portmnth/nov06/index.html

also am wondering how we would go about creating self-portraits at the moment...imagine that this moment's would be different from the next moment's!

on canvas?

pencil sketch?

the size?

full body?

eyes only?

inside/outside....a room ....a river?

would a viewer know much from these portraits?

an exercise of reflection methinks...
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Knifethrower



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My self portrait, upon parchment paper:


Face of vanilla pastry cream, tinted at the cheeks with a dash of Framboise.

Ribbons of 72% Valhrona chocolate hair, with the occasional white chocolate shaving at the roots (don't tell anyone!).

Eyes of sugared violets.

Two half moons of succulent mango at the lips.

Shimmery white fondant pearled teeth.

And, of course, Star Anise earrings...


Very Happy

Let's see how everyone else looks! Hee-Hee!!!
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knifethrower...meltingly beautiful..

we have super-duper heatwave conditions today...so for the moment I'm imagining myself portraited within an ice block...dancing the coolest of portrait dances...

by golly I'm keen as mustard to see what comes up! after I've finished melting, I'll set to and joyously construct the self p....
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gisele



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm...a self portrait that would describe me, at this moment in my lifw? Shocked

I shall be back...should give me a bit of time to think it through
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Darling Madame,

I am sure you are as lovely pirouetting in a glimmering puddle as you would be sculpted in a crystal ice sculpture, betutu-ed and tiara-ed!

Please don't melt!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knifethrower Dear (henceforth KD)..

any form of dance and I'm off with the stars of the sky...seen and unseen...

come on you sweet lurkers you....share with us your imagined portraits...or perchance a photo posted of a really truly selfportrait..how much fun would that be! Wink

somehow or other in mine, at the moment, would be waves...sunlight on waves...perhaps the hair...smile a mile wide...so maybe the mouth as a roadway...perhaps...
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Lady Amalthea



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no dancing for me, but music--piano and singing--dancing all around me. And it is finally cold here, so the portrait of the moment is wrapped in blankets or sweatshirts--well-bundled up. The paprika hair billows all over the place and the grape eyes peer over the tops of the blankets.
Today is a day of from work, you see, and the cold makes me retreat.
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh Lady Amalthea! I'm imagining Spanish smoked sweet paprikaed hair...play on LA, play on...even at rest, play on...in the cold? play on....whatever the weather, play on...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not sure how to smallerize this!....how much fun!!! in a park in Frankfurt...imagine climbing those stairs..and there you are...a statue Wink



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally something that deserves the word FABULOUS!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh what a sculpture... and so lifelike too! Doubtless the initials stand for I Came Here! Just don't stand too still for too long or they'll have you in a museum collection!!

I did a self portrait once in pencil and ink. It was not terribly good. Now it would be done in chocolate more than likely. Dark chocolate eyes and hair... lips in raspberry truffles cut/bit in half... skin in a paler chocolate ganache. The glasses could be tricky tho'.
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Rachel



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame, that is brilliant! (And whoever had the idea of putting that plinth in the park in the first place also deserves congratulations...)

I did my share of self-portraits as a child, before I figured out that I was much much better at writing about art than making it, but my favourite is more recent... not sure if it counts as someone else (my mum) took the photograph, but seven years ago when we visited Florence I got her to take a picture of me 'emerging' from the hollow trunk of a gnarled old tree in the Boboli gardens. As luck would have it, I was wearing a brown top that day so, apart from my hands and face, I really blend into the tree! I've never been sure if it looks more like a dryad, Daphne or Phyllis, but it does capture the fact that I'm shy but a bit mischievous!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffin, the glasses could be thin strands of licorice, or vanilla beans.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or very very fine squid-ink pasta Wink

Rachel, is there a chance we might be able to see The Rachel Tree photo???? pretty pretty pretty please...

ok Jude...since you've joined us on this thread, will youshare your portrait? doooooooooo..hugs
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh, Madame, I'm soooo unartistic! I'll have to think about this one. I guess it might involve my favourite foods, specially spices.
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