What make a painted portrait so special?

What make a painted portrait so special over photography?

Portraiture is one of the oldest and most enduring genres of art, dating back thousands of years to the earliest civilizations. A painted portrait captures the essence of a person, conveying not just their physical features but also their personality, character, and even their innermost thoughts and emotions.

So what makes a painted portrait so special and enduring?

Firstly, painted portraits have a unique ability to capture the subject’s likeness and personality. Unlike a photograph, which simply captures an instant in time, a painted portrait, especially those created live, like my live wedding paintings, requires the artist to create a feeling, to create something that reflects not just their physical body, but their personality too.

Secondly, painted portraits have a timeless quality that makes them enduring works of art. While photographs can become outdated or faded over time, a well-crafted painted portrait can last for centuries, retaining its vibrancy and beauty even as the world around it changes. This is due to the inherent quality of paints and the durability of canvas, which can withstand the test of time when properly cared for. This is true for watercolour portraits too, where the best materials are used to create the portrait. Framing is also an important part of preserving this art, which is why I recommend the upgrade with my speciality framer.

Thirdly, painted portraits have a unique ability to evoke emotions and tell stories. Whether it’s a formal portrait of a historical figure, a family portrait capturing a special moment in time, or a modern portrait that challenges our perceptions of beauty and identity, painted portraits have the power to convey deep and complex emotions through the use of colour, composition, and symbolism.

Finally, painted portraits are special because they are a testament to the enduring power of art to capture the human experience. From the earliest cave paintings to the masterpieces of the Renaissance to contemporary works of art, painted portraits have been a staple of human expression and creativity. They are a testament to our ability to see beauty and meaning in the world around us, and to capture it in a way that transcends time and space.

So there you have it,, a painted portrait is a truly special and enduring work of art. It captures the essence of a person, evokes emotions and tells stories, and is a testament to the enduring power of art to capture the human experience.

Whether you are an artist, a collector, or simply an admirer of art, a painted portrait is something to be treasured and appreciated for its beauty, meaning, and lasting value.

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More about the artist.

Hi, I am Poppy, a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for watercolours.

I have been creating for as long as I can remember, and in 2012, opened up iampoppy Designs. I am passionate about helping inspired people bring their creative dreams to life through my art!

From live paintings, watercolour illustrations and portraits, murals right through to surface pattern design, I love getting stuck into so many different projects, keeping me interested, growing and my business ever-changing. The world of a creative!

So please take a look around, and reach out for a chat! Whether it’s print patterns, workshops, live wedding painting or more… I’d love to meet you and hear all about your story!

E-mail me: designs@iampoppy.com

Call me: +61 413 373 215