Alexa Meade: Your Body is my Canvas

Alexa Meade paints directly on top of her subjects to create the illusion that real people and 3D spaces appear as a 2D painting.

A photo posted by Alexa Meade (@alexameadeart) on

A photo posted by Alexa Meade (@alexameadeart) on

A photo posted by Alexa Meade (@alexameadeart) on

Gustavo Silva Nuñez Lifelike Paintings of Swimmers

Gustavo Silva Nuñez is an artist based in Valencia, Venezuela. He has created an extraordinary artwork of portrait paintings. One of his art series includes swimmers in water.

His work depicts realistically by making use of light source and reflection of water. It look like having physical existence of human in the 3D effect.

The inclusive of body tattoos on the subject adds a double shot of his artistic prose in realism art.

Gustavo Silva Nuñez, photorealism
Gustavo Silva Nuñez, photorealism
Photorealism Paintings
Photorealism Paintings
Photorealism Paintings
Photorealism Paintings

More photos from Gustavo Silva Nuñez

Impressive Drip Painting Portrait by Agnes-Cecile

Impressive drip painting portrait by Agnes-Cecile from Italy has recently showcased another powerful portrait paintings on YouTube. drip painting portrait, agnes-cecile

While the instrumental music plays in a calm soothing melody, her hand holding a dripping ‘brush’, dances elegantly like a rhythmic gymnastic with a ribbon wand.

Eloquent and timely in every dripping paints that enable her to visually articulate with expressive strokes from a thousand words.

Embracing the natural free falling of black paint dripping on the white canvas.

Slowly and gently, an abstract portrait starts to show up in a captivate manner.

Below sharing her latest video drip painting portrait – frail lull

Portrait Paintings of Jackie Chan using 64k of Chopsticks

Red Hong Yi has created a new portrait paintings of the Hong Kong martial artist, Jackie Chan. Not by ink or pastel, but simply using chopsticks.

As mentioned in her YouTube, 64,000 pieces of Chinese chopsticks was accounted.

Below sharing video of her making of portrait artwork on the likeness of Jackie Chan.

Gertrude Käsebier on Portraits of Native Americans

Gertrude Käsebier on Portraits of Native Americans, plus Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit who was a popular American chorus girl and artists’ mode

Miss N, Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, 1903, Gertrude Käsebier Indian Chief, ca.1901, Gertrude Käsebier Chief Iron Tail, Gertrude Käsebier Gertrude Käsebier, The Red Man, 1903
Chief Flying Hawk, Gertrude Kasebier, 1898
Chief Flying Hawk, Gertrude Kasebier, 1898
Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1902, Gertrude Kasebier
Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1902, Gertrude Kasebier

Charles Darwin, His Portrait Photography

About a week ago, I started to read “The Voyage of the Beagle” written by Charles Darwin published in 1839. A descriptive good book to learn how a naturalist view the world.

As I read, I occasionally google for references which frequently appear in the book. It could be places in the map where Charles Darwin had traveled, or names of animals least heard of. darwin beard

Time spent on reading background of people has also help to better understand this great novel.

While I reading some profile of the prominent figures in the book, the portrait photograph of Charles Darwin took me quite surprise.

Most of the portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is either seen as a bald-headed individual with bushy wisdom beard, or a scientist of younger look with patches of facial hair grown as sideburns.

The strikingly outstanding feature is his frontal bone with distinctive roofs of the orbits of his eyes, giving an expression portraying seriously stern and brutally sobered long face.

Just look like your disciplinary master of in your primary school.

If Charles Darwin were to write children books, I think, having enjoyed reading a fun-loving fiction, little young innocent ones would be shock to realize a fierce-looking author with revelation (!)

From Wikipedia, I found an interesting quote whom he wrote to describe his portrait to the botanist, Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Interestingly, having that harsh look, he did have some sense of humor in this quote.

 “if I really have as bad an expression, as my photograph gives me, how I can have one single friend is surprising.”

Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography
Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography

Contemporary Realism, Ana Teresa Fernandez

Ana Teresa Fernandez from Tampico, Mexico, is a talented female artist whose artworks based on contemporary realism.

However, with a characteristic blends with symbolism, a 19th-century artistic movement rejecting Realism. Ana Teresa Fernandez

One her many series, entitled “Pressing Matters“, depicts about the acceptance of modern women wanting to push the boundary of strengths and sensuality in society.

The subjects of the paintings is an unidentified woman clad with horizontal neck slim-fitting short dress.

Instead of having a wild partying environment, the subject is portrayed in a domestic ‘clean’ home, but positioning in an inviting manner with her upper body lying on the ironing board, high heels on the parquet floor.

On one hand securing the board and the other holding the electrical iron press, suggesting she is supposedly doing house chores as an idealistic task of woman at home.

Both elements, the environment and subject, have distinctively differ in attributes with almost complete oppositeness.

Interestingly, the subject has illustrated a personalities trying to discreetly compromise the boundary of the decent environment that contradict her feminine attire of a flirtatious classy-looking lady with sensually killer heels.

Ana Teresa Fernandez wants to send a message to viewers that contemporary woman in today’s reality often disillusion by images of virgin and whore don’t co-exist together in our culture.

This fact is limiting the liberal sense of feminine women trying to mentally wrestle with opposing elements, thus, gaining acceptance from outsiders as being a realist.

Of which, outsiders often regards them as ‘dirty’ or inappropriate, in terms of physical, the emotional, and the psychological.

Referring to the the typical women as symbolic subject against the decent environment in reality.

Below sharing some paintings artwork from one of her series, entitled “Pressing Matters”

Ana Teresa Fernandez 1

Ana Teresa Fernandez 2

Ana Teresa Fernandez 3

Ana Teresa Fernandez 4

Ana Teresa Fernandez 5

More of her works can be found in http://anateresafernandez.com
All Photos Courtesy of Ana Teresa Fernandez.

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Quick Notes

10 quick notes about the figurative paintings of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by the mid-17th century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer.

  1. Girl With a Pearl Earring” is the most famous masterpiece paintings that remain mysterious to date.
  2. Also known as the “Mona Lisa of the North” or “the Dutch Mona Lisa”. Johannes Vermeer
  3. Today, the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.
  4. Unlike portrait paintings depicting figurative subject is often identified, “Girl With a Pearl Earring” has clueless detail about model’s name, her background and relation to the Dutch artist.
  5. Super lustrous lips painted mildly in flossy red, intimacy gaze more enchanting than Mona Lisa‘s smile, and her pairs of angelic eyes showing flattering figurative of chaste women.
  6. Glittering pearl earring showing centrally on one side of her face, is literally, the focal point of the paintings. It is slightly bigger than her eyeball, yet subtly painted without distraction.
  7. The mono-colored background, all black, creates a vast depth of contrast from the lighter side of her tilted head-face.
  8. It shows a distinctive outline from her supraorbital arch to the right cheekbone, and continue all the way to lower chin and jawbone, ending clearly to her neck.
  9. “Girl With a Pearl Earring”  is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier ~ Source: Wiki
  10. The last post which I have written about a young girl embracing the Baroque guitar, has not appeared to be as mysterious as one with the pearl earring.

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up

Young Girl Embracing the Baroque Guitar

Many years back, I used to walk past this bookstore often. Sometimes, with an unhurried pace for window shopping, but not to buy any books to read.

And this particular portrait paintings on the cover page of a music book, is far more catchy than those models for feminine magazines. baroque guitar

Any random view by the glass window for all displayed, the portrait image will not slip out of my sight.

Quite possibly her flirtatious expression has enthralled my attention too.

A book written a thousand words to be read, but a picture can easily tell a thousand words even to an illiterate layman.

The portrait paintings has left an unforgettable impression. Almost get imprinted on my mind for over 25 years. Here is how the image of paintings looks.

First, the baroque guitar that caught my attention, because I was learning classical nylon-strings guitar at that time. Common interest, self-explanatory for the connection.

Next, comes the subject of a Dutch-looking young girl embracing the guitar gently. She look flawless with porcelain complexion, pair of lipped eyes, and a moderately distinctive aquiline nose.

Perfect beauty as though one might believes she never exist in reality.

The bothering question at that time was who painted the portrait, the artist’s style and techniques, and what’s the name of the paintings.

I seriously have no idea, back then.

Ignorance was not my excuse. Couldn’t afford to own bookshelf of Encyclopedia Britannica.

My knowledge for fine arts was limited and inexperience.

It was not an advertisement for selling beauty cream that work like miracles.

However, the image constantly appeared here and there over the years; in offline magazines, newspaper, and some art calendars.

Now with the boundless internet, it is making it more appealing to my interest for this portrait paintings.

The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer

The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermee
The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermee

JohannesJan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. ~ Source: Wikipedia