|Contemplation, Acrylic on Gessoed Mat Board, 10"x7"|
Day 9 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days ChallengeThis painting is based on a photo of an elderly aunt of mine. She was very small and delicate in some ways, yet you can see that she had very strong, European features. My challenge in this painting was to capture the impression of advanced age (she was in her eighties in the photo) without painting in every crease and wrinkle. I think I was able to do a lot of that. I am finding that once I have the main features of the face (eyes, nose and mouth) in the right position and proportion, I am able to fiddle with the shape of the face to make the rest work. In this painting, the length of the nose, the ear, and the chin line gave me fits.
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