|By Katie Runde -- slight running around
the hairline due to rain
One of the most beautiful works was Katie Runde's recreation of this portrait of Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin. Garshin was a Russian author who suffered from mental illness. His stories expressed his pacifist beliefs and aversion to evil and are said to have shown "a spirit of compassion and pity." Runde chose to recreate this painting because of the way Garshin's face reveals "a tenderizer of depression alongside incredible depths of compassion."
I'd be remiss not to give some background on artist Ilya Repin, the painter of the reference image. Repin created one of the most controversial paintings in Russian history -- "Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan." The work depicts the moments after Ivan killed his son and has been banned and vandalized over the years. Coincidentally, Garshin posed for the portrait of the younger Ivan. I always enjoy artwork you can appreciate on different levels. For more of Runde's work, click here.
|Carole with work by Carlos Alberto and Julie Jilek
|Artist Sitka Dogan with Denise Kowal
|By Sitka Dogan