Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Cuban Smile

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16 x 12 in  -  40 x 30 cm     Acrylic
The is my first acrylic of any real size and my first acrylic portrait. In some ways is it OK. I have so much to learn about getting acrylic to do as I wish instead of me having to fight it all the time.

I clearly have a lot to learn about color mixing with these paints. The final result reminds me of a quote attributed to John Singer Sargent -

"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth."

This photo fragment is much enlarged, the subject was caught in the corner of a photo I took in Havana Cuba, Nov 2005.

I wonder if she knows her scarf is an advert for a brand of ice cream? She may well do, either way I am sure she does not care.


This is an attempt at a drawing of the same image.

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5.5 x 3.5 in  -  14 x 9 cm


It sets a level from which I can improve.

Addendum

Here is the painting in a frame

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