Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Painting Post:
I remember being struck by a picture of Isabella Rossellini in which she holds her impossibly long neck proudly to the camera and also remember deciding immediately to capture this pose in oil. It took about 20 days to finish this one mainly because I was agonizing over the right colors to use for the hair. I finally decided on a combination between alizarin crimson hue, cadmium yellow pale, umber and shades of flesh for the hair. The face was mostly mixing white with a pale yellow hue contrasted with lemon yellow shade. I was happy for the most part with the results achieved mainly because it did capture the pose in the original picture (I think...). I decided to call it ‘Long neck and adornments’. The size is 48 inches by 36 inches.

A bit of trivia: Isabella's real name is Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (that's quite a mouthful).

6 comments:

Angela said...

I agree she does hold her neck proudly! What a wonderful painting! You've done a great job! At painting her and picking out what to paint!

jafabrit said...

I dind yellow is a difficult colour to work with, let alone use for flesh. You pulled it off really nicely. The whole pose is just lovely.

Sunflower Optimism said...

A lovely painting of a beautiful woman. Audrey Hepburn also had that regal, but simple elegance.

At first I was a little puzzled by your choice of colors, but after looking at it for awhile I decided it couldn't be anything else; the colors work quite well.

Sunil said...

Angela,
Thanks very much for the words. Glad you liked it.

Jafabrit,
Yes, yellow was a difficult color but the whites helped out give the necessary depth

Sunflower,
Thanks for coming by. I agree with you on Audrey Hepburn...
Very true.
Sunil

jafabrit said...

sunil, I would never be brave enough to use yellow the way you did.

Sunil said...

Jafabrit,
I have another one coming up next week where I have put some more of this to work - hope you like that experiment...