Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Betty Davis Eyes" 2016 Acrylic painting on canvas 48 x 36 inches

"Betty Davis Eyes" is an original, signed acrylic painting on canvas by Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold.


This acrylic 4-foot-by-3-foot painting is a closeup view of Bette Davis' iconic eyes. I stretched pre-gessoed canvas over homemade stretcher bars and added two additional coats of gesso tinted with burnt sienna.
Most of the painting is done in three colors - burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and yellow oxide. There is a touch of cobalt blue used to darken the shadows and mix with red for the rich deep purple used for the lips.
I mostly used large brushes, 1-2 inches, and used a 3/4 inch angle shader for the detail work. This is second in a series of Hollywood icons.

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