Monday, January 10, 2011

Mini portrait #7

"What those eyes have seen"
Can you imagine these eyes and what they knew of life before we were "plugged in"? Before the invention of television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, xerox, contact lenses, frisbees, ball point pens, laser beams, dishwashers, pantyhose, clothes dryers, computer, cell phones, texting, twitter.... Within a few short years the evolution of the world is so evident. Can you imagine where we will be in just a few more? Living in a world of Star Trek and Dr Who (?)

She's painted in oils on 6x6 canvas board, using 2 new favorite colors: cadmium green light, and radiant turquoise. The deep wisdom and joy of this sweet lady was a bit difficult to portray - and I'm not quite sure I succeeded. She does have a regal, queenly quality though. I love the papery thin appearance of deeply mature skin, which is a challenging quality to translate into a painting. Perhaps I'll keep trying with the next ones.

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