The windows to the soul. After many requests to produce an image with the Eyes of Christ, I eventually set about that task. It is not easy, the questions that arise are around things such as the colours and levels of intensity, along with considerations about the degree to which the eyes are open or heavy-lidded, etc.
Herewith the eventual resolution.
Two versions here that use a softer base of pastel colour shades. These have proven to be popular in terms of attracting enquiries from folks wishing to obtain prints. The prints are available on the following Art website link: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jonathan-byrne.html
The New Year saw more and wider spread of the images across Social Media and it seems that Christianity is, indeed, made up of many churches. Different coloured images and different styles of images attract different responses according to, what I think, are largely ethnic groupings. So, in line with this, I went ahead with a Celtic version.
These images are a manipulation of the base images to produce a softening of the defining lines, a digitally-enabled liquid-like drift of the shading and colour that simulates the watercolouring process.
This new image is a re-working of several elements. Over time, the idea of cloth lightly covering the eyes had become lines of light and sometimes these worked but they added a celestial sense that detracts from the basic image. So, the latest re-working has seen the forehead shaded and the eyes being given more definition.... whilst remaining closed. The loose lines of hair falling on either side have been added in order to deliver some distance from the Shroud of Turin image. The reason for this is that the Turin image attracts controversy as to its authenticity and any discussion of the image tends to get entangled on that subject.
A better definition of the objective for the images is to produce an iconic image that might have a broad appeal. As the sense of Church as Community seems to be on the wane across Europe there may be a new wave of popularity around Contemplative Christianity, interspersing elements of Eastern Zen and Western Celtic so as to form a platform for Meditation. I think the image can have some relevance in a Meditative context.
This image did not attract many Likes on Facebook, probably only 50 or so. But its probably the closest I have come to delivering an iconic image that might yet have broad appeal. The plan is to derive more images from this base and to test out reactions. Here's hoping that by persisting the outcome may eventually be more favourable.
The images seem to be acquiring an audience, as shown below. Thus far, the red versions have attracted
the most Likes and Shares. That might say that red is the strongest colour for a Face image but I think
its just that the colour red catches the fleeting gaze. ...
Sometimes the manipulation of the image works well, sometimes it doesn't go so well. The images below are a kind of storehouse reserve ..........where the images require more work.
Okay.... the below only had 20 Likes. But it still seems like a good idea to combine the Face image alongside loosely related snippets of Christian writing, loosely related in terms of setting a mood in a narrative and then trying to match that mood in the image. That said, the image without any textual narrative received over 1,000 Likes.
Some previous images incorporated an inscription from Scripture. The thought was that this lent more to the image but the experience has been that it made little or no difference to how the images might be received. The image incorporating scripture as portrayed in the previous blog attracted about 1,000 Likes on Facebook. The image here below, without a scriptural quotation, also received about 1,000 Likes.