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!

    1. Thanks Wanda, you're a great cheerleader!

  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.