Saturday, March 10, 2012


Close ups

Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Kay was the great hostess. Thanks for the terrific reference photos.

I decided on the triple portrait because of the loving, directional gazes. The silent gazes of these lovely ladies speak volumes! I brought the older girl in closer to the grouping. She was way out on the right in the photo.
On this figurative, I tried to avoid hard lines in the features and maintain soft edges. Exact resemblances was not my intention.

Almost entirely by painting knife. I like the exciting surface texture achieved
I hope you like it! :)

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear


  1. I don't like it, I love it! How you captured so much light and color on such a small canvas. Bravo!

  2. Beautiful painting, Dean! wonderful colors, texture..and very realistic! Love it.

  3. So tender and touching, absolutely beautiful! I never would of thought to use a palette knife for this type of intimate painting...and yet you made it work brilliantly!

  4. Je suis très admirative mon cher Dean.
    Vous avez occupé l'espace avec tendresse et générosité avec cette magnifique composition. Le travail au couteau est remarquable... Une grande douceur jaillit de cette peinture. Un grand bravo...
    De gros bisous à vous.

  5. You have a good composition here and to use a palette knife for such a detailed painting and still get that intimate, close feeling is really an art. Very well done.

  6. Hi there Dean!... A rich and evocative tribute to the power of a Mother's love as a central figure in the Family.

    Your rich texture and colour really do capture the eye and your use of the gaze as a compositional element works perfectly!

    The picture brings together an image in a simple hymn in my mind from from my earlier Mormon upbringing:

    "There is beauty all around,
    When there's love at home."

    C'est ca!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regrads,

  7. I like it a lot! The fact that you used a knife as your primary tool excites me. Great job!



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