As this article explains, open-mouthed portraits are tricky. “Portraits don’t usually look so hot when the teeth are painstakingly correct.” Oops!
I loved Mary’s almost constant smile. She was a tiny, elegant woman with a beaming smile, so that’s what I emphasized. I never saw it hanging in her home and I suspect she destroyed it.
So I made another, more “naturally” coloured. Mary also hated this portrait: “Too many teeth!” she said. Yet a stranger loved it and it has pride of place near a vintage phone in her home.
About the same time Andrea felt her portrait didn’t do her justice because “I’m always smiling,” she complained. (Not true.)
What are your experiences with portraits? Do you favour the toothy grin or something other? Send images and explanations to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s compare.