Monday, July 19, 2010

Portrait of a Life

22"x 24"
Oil on Canvas

This is the full painting that you only saw a fragment of on Friday. It is of my great-grandparents, and my guess is that it is their wedding portrait. I love the details of his uniform and her dress. I think the background is a painted backdrop, which makes me think the photo was taken in a studio.

I have had in my head for a while to paint a very formal portrait, but to do it in an unusual color. My original idea was to paint it all in shades of red, but the only red I had was a fairly obnoxious fusha. But, by mixing it with a bit of black I got this beautiful shade of purple.

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