Your Portrait – looking your best

You can look your very best in your pictures and portraits by using the “Secrets of the Masters”.

You’ve all seen wonderful paintings by the great masters, when they depict an angel or saint – they portray them with a halo around their head. Believe it or not, these artists could actually see a person’s “halo”.  It is often seen in paintings, not only as a halo, but a special brightness in the area of the face & neck of the subject.

We all have a halo of sorts, sometimes known as our aura, our special glow.  Some people are more perceptive in seeing auras. They can detect a mood or feeling based on a person’s aura.  You may have even experienced this to a certain extent yourself.

Wikipedia covers many different uses of the word “aura” – mainly in relation to spirituality. This is a partial quote which just touches on auras briefly…..

“The term energy has been widely used by writers and practitioners of various forms of spirituality and alternative medicine to refer to a variety of phenomena. Such “energy” is often seen as a continuum that unites body and mind. The term “energy” also has a scientific context, and the scientific foundations of physical energy are often confused or misused to justify a connection to a scientific basis where no presently known scientific basis exists. It is sometimes conceived of as a universal life force running within and between all things.”

“Spiritual energy is often closely associated with the metaphor of life as breath – the words ‘qi’, ‘prana’, and ‘spirit’, for instance, are all related in their respective languages to the verb ‘to breathe’. Sometimes it is equated with the movement of breath in the body, sometimes described as visible “auras”, “rays”, or “fields” or as audible or tactile “vibrations”. These are often held to be perceptible to anyone, though this may be held to require training or sensitization through various practices.”

We are not going that deeply into auras, but only touching on how it affects how you look and feel. How often have you heard someone comment to a pregnant woman – “You have a glow about you.”

The master painters recognized the auras of their subjects and it influenced the colors and tones that they used to depict them. It affected the lighting they used to make them look their best or portray power or mood.  Many of the lighting techniques of these Masters are still used today in art and in photography. You may have heard a photographer talk about “Rembrandt lighting” – guess where they got that from.

Years ago, I worked with “Seasonal Color Analysis” in relation to make-up and fashion. At the time, it was all the rage, a fad. We still hear about it but you very rarely hear someone ask “What Season are you?”  Yet, we still hear comments about a person having a cool tone or a warm tone.

In the heyday of Seasonal Color Analysis, we used drapes that were dyed to specific color calibrations in order to determine the Seasonal Color that portrayed the best of our subjects. Once their Season was determined, they used it as a guideline in buying make-up and clothes – helping them to look and feel their best at all times.


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