Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Passion for Portraits

So on 2nd Ave. in Seattle, there are these three stores: "Fancy", "Schmancy" and "Pants".  They sell excellent quirky ephemera.  A few years ago, I pored through a collection of original portraits by a local artist at Schmancy.  The little pieces are no more than 1' x 1.5' each.

These made it home with me...

The little portraits are among my top 10 favorite possessions of all time. 

On the back of each card, the artist has put together a character description:

Charming!  These inspired me and I made some of my own attempts at portraits. 

First, I found a clipart face, traced it on a scrap of fabric and "coloured" with thread:

Strange but true...

Then I drew from a photo in a magazine:

These are totally novice and for my amusement.  But I am continuously drawn to wonderful mini-portraits when I come across them.   Because they are tiny, they seem more special!

P.S.  This week a Dutch friend is featuring some of my ideas.  Thanks, Lot!


  1. Wow how fun! Amazing discovery of an art form. Love the couch pattern and the shading on the dog on the one you drew. So special!

  2. So unique!
    Your work is amazing - the handstitched face is awesome!
    A very happy and healthy 2012 to you too!
    best wishes,

  3. How fun! I really like portraits that capture a lot of character.

  4. I love the embroidered portrait!

  5. Thank you all for your kind feedback! Am always hunting for new ways to keep myself challenged...

  6. Love these. Mini portraits are so cool. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hey, Thank you for your lovely comment! These mini portraits are really cool! I love what you've done, especially the fabric portrait!


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