Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ellen, 18"x14" oil on linen

Ellen teaches various art history classes at the Academy.

What was both interesting and challenging in painting her was her prominent and clear-cut, bold features, especially her large eyes. I didn't want her features to overly dominate or give a harsh feel to the painting. But at the same time, I had to be careful not to soften her appearance too much.

I liked the way her hair flowed forward in front of her right shoulder while the other side disappeared behind her left shoulder, which added the sense of depth to the painting.

After the session was over, I added a pattern of background color from the red-violet drapery behind her.

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