Monday, July 11, 2011

The Passenger

 "The Passenger"
Acrylic on velveteen matte board, 12x9
I have always loved the style of pastel portraiture that had a relatively brief popularity in the middle of the 20th century. I found a few pieces of scrap matte board with a velvet-like finish and for some reason got the notion that painting on that might result in the sort of soft, slightly abstracted finish of pastels. I used colors popular in that era to add to the mid-century feel. Her expression and body positioning make me think of long travels by train; staring out the window at quickly-passing countryside, thoughts spinning nearly as fast as the train wheels. Another fun experiment that turned out well!

Original fine art by Vancouver, Washington based artist Jamie Lutz Carroll. Buy acrylic paintings, ink and gouache illustrations, limited edition archival prints, and custom and commissioned artwork.

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