Eye love you so

      

         I am so inspired by a new idea a dear friend recently introduced me to! On one of her trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum she discovered mini victorian portraits

 

 

image from Philadelphia Museum of Art 

3 1/8 "

This Mini Painting by Samuel Raymond Fanshaw in the 1800s is beautiful beyond reason


 

        In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, before photographs, people used to carry miniture portraits of their loved ones.  The miniature portraits were particularly popular amongst aristocrats, and the portraits were often exchanged amongst family’s to introduce a young woman or man to her betrothed. Mini portraits of of a single eye came in vogue when an adulterous man wanted to carry around an image of his lover but didn’t not want her identity revealed.  Scandal! I love this story and I can't wait to go to Philly to see a barrage of little eye paintings first hand. 

        My friend is very excited ( and so am I ) for me to paint her a tiny portrait of her eye for her boyfriend, she even found a tiny antique pocket frame! In the mean time I had to create some "Eye Portraits" of my own by using prints of "Like Rabbits" and "Ooey Gooey"

 

"Eye Love You"

2 1/2" . 3 1/2"

 

"Eye Miss You"

5".  3 1/2"

 

 

xox!