I had a little time on my hands today, so I thought that I would play around with Adobe Photoshop. My inspiration was an 18th century art form known as the Lover’s Eye. I found a few in a decorating magazine and used them in a collage a couple of years ago. I don’t know what brought them up again – oh, I was doing a search for heart ex-votos, and this shop had some up for sale. they run about $3000 to $6000!
Generally, they were miniature portraits of a person’s eye, set in a frame, box, or locket. Usually, the story was that they were the eye of a secret lover, but they were also popular mourning pieces for the dead. They were often made into brooches, surrounded by stones. Pearls, in particular, are supposed to represent tears.
I started surfing the Internet, “collecting” eyes – well, entire faces, of course, but in order to use the eyes. This one is – can you guess? – Edward Cullen. Many of the girls in my class were able to recognize it, but my husband was not. I found a photo of Robert Pattinson and tweaked it (a lot) in Photoshop, making his eye golden, then giving the piece a painted effect.
I used a fabric sample picture for the “gold” frame and settings. I decided to use black pearls, just to be unusual. I am sure Edward would prefer black pearls over white. I found some garnet earrings set in diamonds and added them. I really like the effect. I don’t know what I will do with it next – it was just a fun exercise.