The face before me was engaging, intriguing and completely imperfect. I’d seen it before in all its crooked glory. I’d seen it thousands of times.
And so have you.
Its eyes like a refracting kaleidoscope had colours that were ever changing. In some lights they burned intensely…
In literature, the idea of portrait became a rather vague concept denoting a whole range of things: from full-length biographies to vivid, brief descriptions of one’s appearance that delineate his or her character. A young British writer Emily Raisin refers to the latter’s variant, trying to compete with painting in creating bright mental imagery.
Emily Raisin is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Portraits” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Portraits” issue.