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2010 . 12 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

It’s important to title art.

From the beginning, I knew the background for TJ’s portrait needed to acknowledge his love for the soft light of the overcast Pacific Northwest.

Romaine Brooks' Gabriele D'Annunzio The Poet As Exile 1912

Romaine Brooks’ Gabriele D’Annunzio The Poet As Exile 1912

When I ran across this painting by the famously grey-toned Brooks, I knew there was something to that sky that I needed to incorporate in my painting.

cloudy sunset sky over the ocean

That said, I’m not as subtle as Brooks, and I couldn’t get images like this one out of my head.

TJ Norris

Gwenn Seemel
Serene Pokerface (TJ Norris)
acrylic on canvas
48 x 34 inches

In the end, the background of TJ’s portrait shows a combination of these ideas about the sky.

detail image of a portrait of TJ Norris

detail image of Serene Pokerface (TJ Norris)

The portrait is on display through the end of January at Place for Spread Ego along with a number of other ones of TJ. For more information about the concept behind the show, go here or come to the reception on Saturday!

Reception: Saturday 18 December from 5 to 8 PM
Open: through 31 January
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 PM

Place (located on the 3rd floor)
Pioneer Place Mall
700 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

- Spread Ego at Place
- Untitled
- Words, words, words…

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(3) Comments / Commentaires: Titled

-- Rob Robinson -- 2010 . 12 . 16 --

Those default titles for portraits are convenient. smile  Naming abstracts, or work not based on a particular subject, can be much more challenging. But I still do it. Having a title rather than using the easy way out, “Untitled”, makes a lot of sense for me to be able to keep up with my individual artworks and for anyone following my work.

I like the portrait and it probably portrays the person and his character well, but as a painting, I like the cropped closeup even better.

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-- ted by viewers Mary Beth Frezon -- 2012 . 03 . 12 --

I work hard to give my pieces titles that leave room for various interpretations. At times I’ve been accosted by viewers demanding to know “what the title means.” I let them talk until they tell me what the title and the piece means to them, nodding as I listen.

That’s just one of my favorite things ever.

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 03 . 12 --

That’s awesome!  I’m going to try that next time!s

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