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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mugshot 79 and Student Mugshot: 2Pak

I currently have a student who is interested in painting African American celebrities, so we are working our way down a long list of them. Hence, 2Pak.  We have been looking at Marsden Hartley and other more primitive painters to look at some of the ways a painting can be made and accepted as successful art. Also Bill Traylor and Mose Tolliver for ideas about paint handling, mark making and general fun with color and image.
The photo of 2Pak has been up on my wall for weeks and finally I had to paint him. He's so beautiful.


  1. Those skin tones are beautiful! And I love his lips! You are soooo good!

  2. Another very compelling portrait!! And good work, Dani! Your updated mugshot painting of you is very Freud-like, brave and good.

  3. This is beautiful. Really enjoyed catching up with your blog. What a great painting.

    There were so many amazing views - I could have painted many more too
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  4. Love this portrait.... such feeling ! beautiful to behold.

  5. What a beautiful job, Jean! Wonderful skin tones.

    Just read back on some of your posts. You are a hoot! You kept making me laugh.

  6. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!

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