Missing Child 65 by JPThornton
JPThornton

Missing Child 65

by JPThornton in Missing Children Paintings

Portrait of a missing girl. Inspired by her image, printed on a disposable flier.

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  • mep4ever

    mep4ever

    Honestly, these are just all so overwhelming.

    Jun 30th, 2011 Reply
  • Meutia

    Meutia

    she seemed like a very nice, fun, and warm hearted girl. always love your painting, Mr. Thornton, although I don't understand much about painting :)

    May 18th, 2011 Reply
  • Mishelangello

    Mishelangello

    Fantastic artwork!

    May 15th, 2011 Reply
  • marcjulius16

    marcjulius16

    superb!

    May 15th, 2011 Reply
  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    she got such a wonderful and gorgeous smile !

    May 14th, 2011 Reply Shadowness Staff
  • snowmask

    snowmask

    Her smile is infectious.

    The abundance of colour and looseness in definition stand in clear contrast of one another. It's a quality that flows throughout your entire Missing Children series, conveying frailty and underlying defiance.

    I am learning a lot through your paintings and techniques.

    May 14th, 2011 Reply
    • JPThornton

      JPThornton

      When we can break painting down, there are only FIVE tangible elements that appear on our canvas:

      1. Drawing /placement (Defined as either linear drawing or use of masses)

      2. Value (Defined as the Range of light to dark shading).

      3. Color (Defined as the range from purity of color to subdued, grayed down color. Also warm and cool variations).

      4. Edges (Defined as Outline, hard-edge, soft-edge, lost edge, broken edge, bleeding edge, jagged edge or carved edge).

      5. Texture (Defined as thin wash, all the way up to thick palette knife painting).


      A Physical element is: Velocity of application (Defined as how rapidly or slowly the paint is applied).

      That's it.
      That is all that we use to convey our painting to our viewer.

      Everything else such as "concept", "emotion," "message" all happen in the viewer's brian, and possibly in the viewer's heart.

      May 14th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Out of all 5 elements, I feel I am weakest in understanding value. This comes from my poor grasp of lighting.

      I am trying to get my brain around (through using oils) that I am not painting stuff, I am painting the effect that light plays on stuff.

      Do you have advice to share on painting in large scale?

      May 14th, 2011 Reply
    • JPThornton

      JPThornton

      Keep photographing it in progress and viewing it in a reduced format. ...And have Fun!!

      May 14th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      'kay! :D

      May 14th, 2011 Reply
    • JPThornton

      JPThornton

      Okay, after the five tangible elements of painting, (drawing, value, color, edge and texture) I am officially identifying a further additional element: Physical Delivery.

      Physical delivery is the velocity, delicacy, or forcefulness of application.


      Do you agree?

      Jun 11th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      This last element is kind of a "bonus round", more applicable to mediums where physical delivery has more presence. So in the case of oils, yes, it is entirely necessary, otherwise it's kind of shameful for not exploring the medium's potentials. Sumi-e too. Just look at /azrael-nekhbet 's paintings. I think content matters too. For more illustrative work, physical delivery might not play that important of a role. But I like to think beyond that style or mode of expression.

      It's food for thought!

      Jun 11th, 2011 Reply
    • cybergranny

      cybergranny

      That's another very interesting conversation.
      Thanks to both of you.
      Snowmask you have always such a good eye on feeling and seeing things in art, and you write your thinks so well.
      JP thanks a lot for your art and for sharing your feelings and experience.

      Jun 11th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Thank you for reading, Cathy :)

      Jun 11th, 2011 Reply
  • Dynnnad

    Dynnnad

    Wonderful drawing JP, these series are very impressive both quality-wise and emotionally.

    May 14th, 2011 Reply Subscriber
  • JPThornton

    JPThornton

    Portrait of a missing girl. inspired by her image, printed on a disposable flier.

    May 14th, 2011 Reply