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Saturday, May 7, 2011

South Africa: Her Skirt

Her skirt was my final pleasure in this painting.  As I painted it, it felt like I was completing an important part of the story. Like the hat, I enjoyed the detail and the striking contrast it created next to her shawl and grass. Once I was satisfied I moved on to the final details of her hair, the grass and even added a bit more shimmer to the shawl. I decided that some of the edges on the canvas needed to be left undone and so they remain as they were from the beginning. Her surroundings  accentuate her striking countenance. I wonder if she realized how amazingly beautiful she looked that day.
 oil on canvas, 16x20"

1 comment:

  1. oooh! I love the unfinished edges. You actually don't even notice them at first because the subject is so captivating. I got to see it in person at church yesterday. Beautiful.