Portrait Presents

Benny and Maddie, 8″x10″, oil. Indirect method, aka Old Masters method with underpainting and glaze layers. I took a series of photos and urged no teeth, and lift your chin. I know many times I’ve observed portraits, with teeth showing in a smile, in which the subject appears a bit strained. In the hands of a Frans Hals, well, it’s an effortless mastery of observation and craft.
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