The Vice Presidential debate, fresh on my mind from last night, got me thinking. No, this is not a political forum for discussion here on On Painting, so I thought I would just talk about how I would pose the candidates for a portrait and which one I would prefer to paint.
Now, granted, Palin (can I call her Sarah?) is a babe. Face it. She is easy on the eyes, and would probably be more rewarding to stare at for hours on end. However, this does not necessarily make her easy to paint. I will say, unlike most people, she can hold a smile endlessly (she proved it last night), and therefore, one could paint a rare portrait of someone smiling. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb here and say she might even be able to hold a wink for hours on end. A wink and a grin. That’s how I would portray Sarah in a portrait. That could be very tricky.
Joe’s got a pretty good set of choppers himself, though his don’t look real. I would never portray him with a big ol’ country grin on his face. No, he’s more suited for a scowl. His eyes are not very big, and do not provide very good little windows into the soul so I would not be able to focus on the eyes too much. I do think Joe is a hotty frankly, and I would paint him in a debonair suit from a low angle looking up with big columns behind him. It just got warm in here.
I always like to converse with my sitters as they pose for me. I think it brings out their personalities. Gee, let’s see who wins in that department?
That’s it, I vote for Joe – to paint of course.