The Jack Micheline Foundation
Micheline would often be consigned to do work for people. One series he created was called a “Spiritual Portrait,” which was a painting done of and for a particular individual. Micheline required all of his patrons to answer the following questions before completing the work. The answers would influence his choice of colors. This piece below was taken from Micheline’s archive after his death.
QUESTIONS FOR A SPIRITUAL PORTRAIT
I use Brown
NO: No Brown
Green; Aries: Purple; Gemini: Pink; Cancer: Red; Leo: Yellow; Virgo: Blue;
Libra: Orange; Scorpio: Red; Sagittarius: Indigo; Capricorn: Light Green
is used sometimes to define a person’s body or his image (hat) or moon if a
person is a dreamer.
liked influences intensities of a person’s image.
= strong Red; Chocolate = Dark brown; Vanilla = off White;
reflected in lip or eyelash color
= ice Blue; Medium = Orange; Fat = Brown; Blond = Yellow; Brunette = Black;
Redhead = fire Red;
often influence how I paint facial features.
Lacks personal perceptions which I interpret with less vigorous colors
Picture painted with more movement especially in the background.
sex dreams: hot Pink, reds, whites and blacks.
fear and religious dreams: then Blues and Purples
and spiritual dreams require Yellows.
dreams require greens
White; Doctor: White; Secretary: Pink; Laborer: Black; Artist: Red; Gambler:
Kelly Green; Wife: Pink; Businessman: Green; Cop: Blue; Preacher: Black; Whore:
Red; Thief: Black; Wino: Red; Writer: Yellow; Poet: Green.
colors often influence eye color.
same as #7, than portrait is steadier. This determines personal rebellion
– Composition is looser.
Day means nothing but night means cerulean blue sky.
– White overtakes color in eyes.
Green, the more the darker, usually influences hat color; if NO then I know
he’s a liar.
(college, marriage, etc…rust: car wreck = Black; Death of parent = Blue; Loss
of virginity = Scarlet; Going Broke = Dark Brown; Getting rich = Chartreuse.
colors find there way into the portrait’s ears.
Red; NO: White. This influences the neck color.
Orange in the sky and/or Moon; NO: White or black sky
– Green; Dogs, Monkeys, Cats, etc. – Browns; Birds – Yellow; Rat –
Black; Fish – cold Blue
colors influence the ground color in the composition.
Green or Blue ring around the moon.
Do you have a favorite sport?
Activity in composition implies activity within the spirit.
Implies desire and respect.
foods imply red; my mother’s cooking implies love which is pink to yellow.
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