I wrote previously about Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes from Different Folks cooperative painting blog, in which participants all paint their interpretation of a given photographic subject.
In a fascinating variation for the Year End Challenge, participating painters were asked to submit a photograph of themselves from the shoulders up. These were then swapped, distributed out to different artists in the the artistic equivalent of an office gift swap (sometimes called a “pollyanna”), and each artist painted another artist’s portrait.
The resultant paintings are a fascinating array of portraits, in different styles, approaches, mediums and degrees of accomplishment.
I find the idea of artists painting artists particularly fascinating.
(Please see the Different Strokes article for artist credits for the images above.)