This painting is from a photograph. I really enjoy doing portraits and when the subject is as beautiful and the pose as striking as this young woman, it becomes a special journey. I've read many artists who say that in order to do their best, they must feel a connection to the subject...no matter whether it is a portrait or a landscape or a still life. I couldn't agree more. Whenever I force a painting simply because I should paint "something", I usually have a less than successful effort. I suppose every painting is a lesson worth experiencing, but when there is a connection to the subject matter, it becomes special.
It would only be a slight exaggeration to say that for a while, I fell in love with Bella, the subject of this painting. I couldn't resist that "look"...it would melt an iceberg. Although I only had a photograph as a source, painting Bella was a joy...and good for an old painter's soul.
|Bella oil on stretched canvas 16" x 16"|
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