Ok this title is a bit of a misnomer. I will get to that.
I have been known to collect old photographs of people, in antique shops. Not people in antique shops, that would be a very limiting series of things to collect – I mean, portrait photographs FROM antique shops.
The main thing I look for is some level of creepyness or weirdness to the pictures. Which is not hard, they are all out there. What i really love is the fact that people obviously went to a lot of effort to get gussied up and wander along to get a photograph taken, paid up the cash, and then came back with something less than ideal, which they were then obliged to frame or give to a loved one.
I found this picture:
I think the mother looks like she’s dropped a very large tab of something illegal and come along to get her photograph taken. They are obviously in their best clothes too. It’s always sweet to see that.
And then I come along and destroy it all.
With the smudge tool turned on on a graphics tablet, one can end up with all sorts of things that amuse one:
My family has no nose you know!
Or even this:
So i decided to paint a little triptych version of the zombie family in black and white, in acrylic. They turned out looking pretty cheerful.
The point of this post is of course: Just look at how well i captured the essence of childhood in that little girl! AND YOU THOUGHT I COULD NOT PAINT CHILDREN.