Lipstick from Her Pink Purse

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Lipstick from Her Pink Purse

3,600.00

30 x 40

Oil on Linen

Mint Green Shadow Frame

No matter what else, it has been the year of the woman. Being one, myself, it has been a good year to be an artist. It has shown through in my artwork, always in ways that are not planned, and certainly not in any political way, but the women have been landing on canvases and they look to be pretty comfortable there. At any rate, not on purpose, but I don’t think you can be alive creating right now without some kind of contemporary news and happening creeping into your artwork. She is definitely empowered. As it should be.

This painting is one of my very favorites in person and hard to photograph, but there it is. The bookending of darks with her very vibrant center throws my camera into a place it isn’t comfortable. But in person, the darks are variant, the yellow softer, and the whole painting feels less stark with the transition from light to dark. She is applying her lipstick and is dressed immaculately and carries a stunningly beautiful pink bag. For me the beauty of this painting is capturing the light on the shirt, the subtle and unsubtle of her, from her eyelashes, not subtle, to her hair, conservative and stark against the vibrant yellow. I think it embodies women to be honest, still grappling with a mix of what we want to want and what we still feel like makes us who we are.

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