Welcome to The Artist's RoadHaving spent a lifetime exploring and finding purpose, meaning and fulfillment through art, we decided to build this website to share what we have learned and to inspire others in their creative lives. Some of the important content you'll find here is instructional - the steps to making paintings in oil, pastel or watercolor. But just as important are the stories of the experiences and adventures we have had in nearly 40 years of making our way along the Artist's Road, in the U.S. and abroad. Enjoy the free content. It is our hope that you will find value and inspiration in it. If you do, please consider joining as a member in order to access all the members-only in-depth articles and to add your valuable support to this important effort.
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Point of View
Perspectives No. 133
The Street Musician, Venice (detail) 40 x 30" Oil
We have been enjoying the book The Artist's Eyes: Vision and the History of Art, by ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James G. Ravine. One of our favorites among the many fascinating subjects they cover, is the eerie phenomenon or illusion in some portraits that the subject’s eyes follow you no matter where you stand in the room. The eyes in the image above are from a portrait John painted, The Street Musician, Venice. Visitors to the studio often remark that the figure seems to follow them around the room. There was no plan or intention to create this effect. It just comes with painting any figure with a fixed gaze looking at the viewer. Because the portrait is a flat two-dimensional representation, it cannot change in perspective as we move around it. The directional cues are fixed and so it must always gaze at us. This phenomenon has often been referred to as “life-like”, but of course, it is anything but that. A portrait of a person looking slightly off-center will never look at us, no matter where we move. A live model staring straight ahead or even a three dimensional portrait, as in a sculpture, do not appear to follow us with their eyes, because as we move around, our point of view changes and so do all the visual cues. We see less of the iris and more of the white as we move sideways. This gives us the sense that the object before us has three-dimensional form and occupies that space. A flat painting can never be as life-like as a three-dimensional object.
W. H. Wollaston On the Apparent Direction of Eyes in a Portrait
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