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Missing Child Portrait 35 by johnpaulthornton Missing Child Portrait 35 by johnpaulthornton
Portrait of a missing girl, named Polly Klaas.

Inspired by the tiny monochrome photo printed on a disposable mailer.

Painted by me in 1993.

I had been painting missing children for two years when her flier came in the mail. I painted her portrait in a single evening, with oil colors and a palette knife.

The unbearable story of Polly can be read here:

[link]

But wait.


Wait. I mean, do you really want to read about sadness? Instead, maybe you could see the colors, like autumn leaves and candy, that dance together to form her cheek.

Maybe you could carefully try to count the individual strokes of paint, or look for the shapes I wove into her smiling face...

Do you see the half-moon I imposed upon her? The moon, watching over her?

Do the details of her story matter? Do they change my portrait, which was created with faith and hope?

With great humility, this painting is dedicated to the family and friends of Polly.

-John Paul
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jsmokey49 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
we need more painters like you in the world. when i saw this i saw a beautiful girl with the glint of youth in her face and spirit in her eyes. i love your inspiration. thank you
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FRANCO2013 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Beautiful brush storks and vibrant colors; well executed! :clap:
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Rastarobb Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
This is stunning work.
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MysticStar-NiChan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
POLLY KLAAS R.I.P UR BEAUTIFUL<3
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Angelalala923 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ironic how I stumbled upon this almost exactly on the 18th anniversary of her disappearance.
Very interesting work.
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AkuRoku358 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
To be honest, I stumbled across this on accident while looking for pictures for an English project, but I really love what you've done. You've sincerely touched my heart. I may be fairly young, but I still know what this means and I appreciate your sense of faith and hope.
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
With gratitude,

John Paul
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AkuRoku358 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks much for your warm welcome!
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M--Art Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Stunning, was this all done wet in wet or dried layers?
I think i asked you but it would be great to have a master of the painting knife in our group, so please join [link]
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
This one was done entirely in one continuous wet single session.

No painting over.

I requested to join the group and am awaiting the response.

Thank you for asking me to join.

John Paul
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