Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Val in the sun

Val in the sun - oil on canvas - 40cm x 40cm approx

Val is the current model in my painting class and she was featured in a previous post when I painted her with only three colors. This time I used my usual full palette to get a feeling of the strong Australian sunshine. I was able to keep my brush strokes loose and unlaboured - just the way I like it. This painting was done very quickly - one sitting- and again sheer joy. Interestingly, as I was painting Val the portrait took on a strong regal resemblance to
Queen Elizabeth II, must be the bone structure and the bearing. It was only a fleeting resemblance and soon passed but it gave me an eerie sort of feeling at the time.

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