Flaming Redhead, 10 x 10 in, acrylic

Passion, 12 x 16 in, mixed media

I love to paint beauty and painting women is endlessly fascinating. Wherever I am in the world, I seek out the most beautiful women to photograph, sketch and paint. Women’s bodies are lovely, their clothing is colourful and intriguing and their hair is a beautiful dance of light and shadow. I often will take an abstract piece, superimpose a woman on top so that the figure is merely suggested and it does not obscure the under painting. This makes the piece mysterious and this is what I am aiming for.

These first five paintings above are part of the Windswept series. Each started life as failed acrylic pour. I believe I have successfully snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! I took the failed pieces, reoriented them and then superimposed faces on top. I made minor adjustments to the negative space and left the wild, windy hair.

Zanzibar, mixed media, 48 x 24 in

Maude and Elixe, collage, 22 x 18 in.


2 Responses to Women

  1. Gail Knox says:

    Boys Play, Girls Work and Bare Essentials are two of my favourite pieces. I think I just had to learn to use the site better. Great way to highlight your work. I like the format.

    • Shirley Mancino says:

      Thanks for trying again Gail and for your remarks…..I am making changes all the time now that I know to use firefox (Internet explorer doesn’t seem to work for me)

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