Monday, May 17, 2010
Masai portrait - finished
The Masai woman's portrait is complete, give or take a tweak or two.
I'm happy with the outcome and yes, the beading did make me a little crazy at times, but without it the portrait would not have the same impact. I took an easel shot to give a better idea of size and to see it at a more appropriate distance.
I've gotten a lot of positive responses to it which is wonderful. I think the lighting and colour against the black paper create impact that draws the eye to it. Your eyes always come back to it in the studio. I've had requests for prints and cards with this image and will look at that possibility. I have some other paintings that need to go the print route and have been tied up with other things but will make the time to get that ball in motion in the very near future.
This is a larger portrait, a bit larger than life filling a full 19 x 25 sheet. I still call it the Masai portrait as I haven't thought of anything more inventive at this stage. Secretly I call her 'Betty Beader'... Here's a cropped view for those who like to see the intimate details and strokes that make up the portrait.
Now on to other paintings and drawings waiting in the wings!