The Power of Portraiture

Tearing Up

The Drama's Done

An Alternate Universe


Tiny Coincidences

Portrait of an Artist

The Town

Main Street Meets Mean Street

The Secret

On Getting Naked and Hitting the Streets

Selling Out or Buying In?

A Difficult Choice

Do You Believe in Magic?

Elimination Heartbreak

Figure Eights and Fast Lanes

Art Girls (and Boys) Gone Wild!

Eye of the Tiger Penis

The Temptation of Simon

Art (and Defeat) in the Streets

Night Owl

All the Art That's Fit to Paint

Riddle of the Spanx

The Gray Lady isn't Just for Men

Bangs, Toggle Sweaters, and Kids

The Fame

Child's Play

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How Could You?

Sex is in the Air

The Essence of the Competition

Pop Touched Me, Too

One Enchanted Evening

What's Poop Got to Do with It?

For Your Entertainment

Scat-Art-Logical Humor

When Simon Met Sucklord

It's Baaaa-aaaack!

Back to School

Isn't It Ironic?

Art History

The Power of Portraiture

Bill Powers comments on the early loss of Amanda, and the lasting impression of a good portrait.

I was a little bummed that Amanda got bumped from the first episode because I really liked the idea of having someone from an architectural background in the mix. That said, I still feel like we made the right decision. Miles deserved to win, not only making Nao look drop-dead gorgeous but riffing off her drowning self-portrait and sort of muzzling her in the process with the plastic wrap. Abdi could have just as easily won with his eyes to God image of a red-hot Ryan. Impressive.

Doing portraits of each other for the first challenge was a great exercise because every painting is, in a way, a kind of self portrait revealing something about the person who made it. I always liked the Picasso quote to Gertrude Stein, who complained that she looked nothing like the portrait of her he had painted. Picasso replied, "You will, Gertrude, you will," meaning that after she was dead, the image would remain. And he was right! That's the power of portraiture.