Saturday, 28 April 2012

Contemplating a Portrait

For many crafters, artists, artisans....a portrait is a challenging, even daunting, prospect. I took a great portrait class (online) with Wanda Kerr last year. I learned so much it's mind-boggling. Yet I haven't done a portrait rug since then and need to carve out some time to get to it.

I think what's really stopping me is the thought of doing a portrait of a loved one. What if it's not exactly perfect? What if it doesn't look like them? What if, what if, what if. I did have the idea of doing a portrait of a random person, but then it's difficult to get jazzed about that too.

Every now and then I surf the net for inspiration about portraiture. There's lots out there about painting or shooting a portrait photo. There are lessons to be learned from such information that can be applied to rug hooking.

Here's an article that discusses taking a self-portrait. After the tips, you can scroll down to see their picks for 100 great pics. That's the really fun part of the article - see what you think.

And yes, I'm hooked on photography. Not doing it, just looking at it. ;)


  1. Allyson, best thing to do is just get at it!
    You can do it!

  2. I'm hooked on looking, too! Gotta get out of that and into more doing! Too much eye candy leads to the equivalent of a belly my head. Too many ideas and things to try, not enough time...unless I can clone myself or live without sleep!

  3. Kelley - I completely agree, I would love to clone myself. So many ideas, and so little time. That's why this week I thought it would be good to get it all written down in a list, who knew that I actually had 15 ideas floating around? No wonder I was getting dizzy.