Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Flicker in the - SOLD

'Flicker in the Dark'  SOLD
5 x 7 oil on masonite

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”
― Richard Paul Evans

This is another painting I have wanted to do for a very long time. It's based on another photo taken by the wonderful Steve Evans (babasteve on flickr) of a beautiful little girl from Madagascar. I was so taken with her piercing gaze, which to me looks very serious, but also curious, contrasted with the very childlike gesture of her hands close to her mouth. I think she probably has one or more fingers in her mouth because I only counted three fingers and one thumb on her curled up hand on our left. 
Portraits are my very favorite subject to paint, because of the emotional connection I feel while painting them. But. . . they are hard for me. Even if the process itself isn't always hard (but usually it is), the act of trying to bring out human emotion on a little flat piece of wood with a stick with some hairs on it and a couple of tubes of smeary oil color is definitely draining. 

But this time, I really feel like I caught a little of something that I wanted to. A little bit of soul perhaps. I hope it's visible to you guys too. :) 


  1. Bonsoir chère amie,
    Un portrait qui révèle encore une fois votre talent... Un regard profond, immense et tellement puissant.
    Bravo pour ce joli travail.
    Gros bisous

  2. AMAZING portrait, Crystal....You are SOOOOOOO
    talented! and an expert with watercolor!! I can't believe its on a 5x7..!!!

  3. Wonderful portrait Crystal! I love her expression and the coloring. Yes you did capture
    some of her soul. Beautiful.

  4. I have seen his photos and they are amazing. You captured her beautifully Crystal.

  5. Oh, it's visible. It jumps off the paper! It's so rich and colourful Crystal. And what I love about your work is how you nail the technical drawing. Your paintings have great bones. Really wonderful.

  6. Oh you absolutely have Crystal - as you always do! It doesn't look like you find it challenging at all. I still think you have a magic brush :0)

  7. umm....WOW!!!!!! DAMN GIRL THIS IS STUNNING!!!! gawd, i love your work. sandra is right! magical brush!

  8. Another simply gripping piece. You've really captured the pensive mood of this little girl, she's so compelling

  9. Crystal, it is such a beautiful, deep, passionate painting!!!


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