ARTemis

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My brother probably asked me for a portrait of his dog, Artemis, like a year ago, or even longer, and I just got it to him last week. It was an interesting project because dogs don’t wear clothes or have hair (or really they don’t have skin), and typically that’s what I use to differentiate between colors. So for this I did blackish for black, whitish for white, and then purple for highlights? (it made sense in my head)

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Girl with the Red Flower Earring

20140406-110714.jpg This woman was made up so dramatically and severely, especially her hair, which was so different from the free-flowing curls I gravitate towards, but it was fun to try to capture. Also, in this case her lipstick seemed like an accessory, so I decided to reflect that. One challenge I ran into was her nose ring – it just didn’t read on the side, so I decided to make it a septum one. I’m not sure how well it reads like that either, but I didn’t want to do away with it all together.

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The Monochromes

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I’m not sure if you’re allowed to have your favorite color be gold, but if you are, mine is. In tribute, and because I realized that over the years I’ve collected quite a few papers in the gold family, and potentially also because it won’t stop being cloudy here which makes everything kind of muted anyway, I decided to spend some time working with just those. I don’t think I’m totally over it yet, but here are the four completed:

20140330-114240.jpgThe Nude
The sepia/beige color palate on this one gives her an innocence and coyness that definitely wasn’t in the original photo, where the model was wearing shiny purple panties.

20140330-114515.jpg Yoga in Gold
I love yoga poses because they’re so beautiful all on their own. With this one, I tried to use the gold reeds of her skin to symbolize the strength and energy flow through her body.

20140330-114736.jpg Babe in Boots
There’s a lot of gold in this one, even flecks in her skin, which I’m not sure we’re picked up by my amazing camera phone, but the boots steal the show – as they should.

20140330-115057.jpg The Mermaid
Mermaids are such ethereal creatures, and so doing her all in gold seemed especially fitting, and a nice contrast with the sea blue and green of the matting and frame.

Also! I have finally started an Etsy store!! So if you’re interested in any of these pieces, or to see what else I have available, visit art by raealize on etsy!

Pregnant Jen

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A darling friend of mine from Portland was pregnant and had this beautiful photo series done with her husband. I’m not sure exactly how I decided to use one of her images to make a portrait, but I think it might have originated in a facebook comment conversation based on some of my other pieces. Anyway, portraits of people I know are awesome, and I want to do more of them. So cool to think about the person who I’m creating it for when choosing the photo and the papers. I chose the reindeer paper for Jen’s skin because I thought about her creating life within her, and the energy of it seemed appropriate.

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Brooklyn Girls

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I’ve always been into making collages with magazines, and then at some point started getting into scrapbooking paper. This was back when I was living in Portland. One of my roommates at the time worked at a bookstore, and when they had calendars that didn’t sell, they would rip off the cover to send back to the publisher, and then they could do what they wanted with the rest of the calendar. One of these that made its way back to our house was the Brooklyn Girls calendar, where queer girls from Brooklyn dressed up as pinups from the different decades. We didn’t love the way they looked as such (no offense) but another roommate suggested I remake the girls with scrapbooking paper, and thus my art form was born!

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