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The magic of making a portrait

By paolafalconi   /     Jun 21, 2020  /     Inspiring moments, My art

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When I decided to make this portrait to the daughter of family friends who is now a young girl, I searched among the many photographs – which fortunately I had – the one with the expression that I think represented her best.

I wanted to fully grasp what was its essence for me, but despite the various attempts I was never satisfied. Looking at the photo and all its light and shadow, I tried to draw the girl, but a very little pencil mark was enough to completely change her expression and not make me reach the desired result. I continued to draw and look at those little features, the expression of the eyes, the lips that hinted at a smile, the crease of the eyebrows, looking for the right proportion and the right balance between all these elements; and while I was doing it, it was as if I was talking to her confidentially, and she was telling me many things about herself.

Portrait of Ludovica

Portrait of Ludovica
Pencil on paper
June 2020

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The joy of everyday things

By paolafalconi   /     May 24, 2015  /     My art

I love everyday things: picking the kids up from school, cooking dinner for my family and eating all together, following the changes of season in the garden from my window, the movements of nature.

La scoperta

La Scoperta.
Acrylic on canvas 60×60 cm

The realization of the beauty within everyday things brings joy to life. To capture the expression of child in a moment of discovery, of a flower, of some other thing, is a kind of magic which reminds me of the verses of Garcia Lorca: “bright blue star, navel of the dawn”. 

Wishing you all a Sunday spent in the company of those you love.

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