I’ve been busy for much of the past week working on two Intuitive/Spirit Portraits, one of which was a private commission. Although I will be posting it here at a later date. The second one I’m working on I shall continue with for the coming week’s portrait challenge.
I’ve noticed a definite change in my portraits after having taken such a long break from them. There is a certain completeness about them that perhaps didn’t appear very frequently before. Taking up this challenge over the last two weeks has really shown me what a conscious shift I have undergone in recent months, which I can mainly attribute to being here on WP and meeting some fantastic people. Here I can share what I love to do, and it’s been a very good tonic for my soul.
I could also attribute the change in my drawings to having moved from the dimly lit lounge to my nice bright workshop where I can see what I’m doing! 😀
So for this week I am posting probably one of my favourite spirit portraits (I’ve lost count of how many I’ve done in recent years). I call him the ‘New York Police Officer’ (endearing I know!). I’ve always had a sense when I look at this image that he is a police officer during 1940/50s New York, in the middle of a nocturnal downpour attending the scene of a burning building. There is an alertness and deep concern in his exhausted expression. It gives me chills every time I look at it. He is a man intent on doing his job until it’s done, ensuring that no-one comes to harm.
The most important thing to me when I’m engaged with one of my portrait people is that I capture their essence, the energy that I feel while I’m connected to them. I find it to be a fascinating and wonderful experience, and it still astounds me that I see these faces at all and be able to draw them.