Channeling a little George Harrison, there…….
It seems to me that I talk about myself and my art a lot here. I guess that’s normal, after all, it is my blog and it is supposed to be artsy. Also, these are the subjects I know best,
The portrait above is me, a few years back. I’m not really into doing self portraits. Why would I want to do that, when there are so many more interesting and beautiful subjects to be drawn?
Another topic I know a lot about is retail. I’ve worked in it for so many years, and it’s changed in stores since the internet became the competition.
It used to be enough to ask a customer if she needed help, and leave her alone if she just wanted to look. Now it’s all about “asking open ended questions”, to get the customer to talk about herself, giving the impression of sincere interest. In the meantime, you are listening with the motive of finding out about her, to find something to sell to her. You step in like a vulture when you’ve got it. Seems pretty dishonest to me.
On the other hand, a friend of mine asked about making conversations with strangers to make a friend. Again, the solution is to get that person to talk about herself. If you can listen with sincere interest, you’ll make a friend.
So, I’ve managed to not talk about myself a little.
And some subjects aren’t subjects at all. Just a note, the drawing in this post are pretty random.
So, I don’t do many portraits, self or otherwise. I find getting a likeness difficult, even if I do the tried and true.