Monday, April 27, 2009

"Spirit of Aretha"

"Spirit of Aretha," 4" x 4", egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum (available from my website)  (c) Mona Diane Conner 2009

The preceding step (#5) for the "Spirit of Aretha"

Just one more post of Aretha Franklin, since her portrait is finally completed!  Sometimes it takes me a while to return to a painting since I generally have 4 or 5 paintings and commissions in various stages of completion at one time.  Since it's been a while, I thought it would be interesting to add this re-post of the preceding step. 

6 comments:

artbyakiko said...

It turned out to be GORGEOUS! I love her expression as well as her hat. So you removed the audience. Great work!

Mona said...

Thanks Akiko! Yes, after trying it out, I made a decision to highlight her more.

L.Holm said...

Absolutely wonderful, Mona! You so captured the beauty of the moment. Masterful.

Bill's Blog said...

Hi Mona,
I don't often use my gmail email. Just read your emails there . Best to use my aol av=ccount which is: WPMundy@aol.com

Vern Schwarz said...

Mona, this is just plain old fantastic. I can hear her voice. I love the way you pulled her hat forward with sharp realism, and then added movement to her hand by softening the edges. Great painting!

Mona said...

Liz, thanks so much, it's mutual in how I feel you do it so well in your work, and Vern,---if it's you saying this, I am truly flattered! Thank you!