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Old 10-06-09, 08:07 AM
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Default Eye Portraits in Miniature, in egg tempera

There is a unique and romantic lost art with an interesting history that I enjoy very much in miniature painting, of painting the "eye portrait" of a loved one to place in a pendant necklace, brooch, ring, or cufflinks.

At the encouragement of a few colleagues, and to see if others may share my interest in reviving this art form, I have just started a new blog showing the eye portraits I am painting and offering the possibility of commissions. Hopefully there will be more to see as it goes forward. Since I am painting these in egg tempera on vellum, here is the blog link to see the eye portraits so far:

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Old 10-06-09, 08:12 AM
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Default Eye Portraits in Miniature

Sorry, thought I followed the directions for posting via a link, but something went wrong. Here is the address itself for my "Eye Portraits in Miniature" blog:

http://eyeportraitsinminiature.blogspot.com
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Old 30-07-09, 07:03 PM
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I've been interested in miniature portraits for quite a while, but have never used tempera. I painted an eye portrait and inset it into a tie tack a few years ago. I'll have to dive back into the genre, thanks for posting.
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Old 31-08-09, 03:39 PM
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They are fascinating, in a slightly creepy sort of way. It's a very personal sort of portrait. Your loved ones would certainly know it was you. But it also looks a bit like this otherworldly person peering in at the real world.
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