Saturday, March 17, 2007

Carmen 16" x 20" Oil on Canvas

This was a challenging painting due to the small size and having to fit the figure into such a small area. I am so used to painting life size or 3/4 life size that I really had to adjust my thinking for this project. Knowing it was done many many times over the centuries, especially by the old Dutch painters like Vermeer, I knew it was possible to get a good bit of detail on a 16" x 20". It was a matter of patience and letting layers dry before going over them again. Not really the way I am used to painting but I was able to make it work. The really interesting thing about this painting is the picture in the background is a passport photo of the girl's mother made to look like an old framed silver print.

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