Actually they are two paintings. I keep meaning to add more information to this one. I use acrylic as an under-painting for a lot of my work, and oil for the details and top layers. I use a technique called glazing, which is basically one or two colours per layers that are really transparent, and the painting is made up of tons of layers. It tends to create a sense of deeper space in my opinion, because of all of the layers. I appreciate the comment and questions. Thanks you very much!
I know a ot of historical artists paint with glazing. Jacques Louis David, Theodore Geracault, Da Vinci, Titian, and Jean Agust Dominique Ingres I know all used glazing. I could think of more I'm sure. Its not a common technique anymore, but it used to be widely used.
You know, I actually got to see her when I went to Paris. I didn't really understand either. Technically, she is well painted, but shes is nothing special compared to a vast number of works, even compared to ones in the same room as her. I have to admit, I never thought she was all she was made out to be. I think the interest in her lies in the fact that Leonardo didn't have the full story on her. He painted her, and years later when people asked who she was, it is said he forgot, or refused to tell. There are a lot of stories around her. I think most of it though is there is so much hype about it, people get excited. And for people who may not know a lot of art, the Mona Lisa is one they have heard of, so more people talk about it, and it gets more fame. At least, that's what I think, I might be totally wrong. Do you have any artists or art pieces that are your favourites? or even artistic styles?
I saw her in paris as well. I was quite chocked with what I saw, because I couldn't understand. I felt stupid that I didn't see that smile of hers. But I would like to know what the critics say actually. Those who analyse paintings and such. Maybe the way he painted it? Well, I've heard many theories around her, but non really makes me go "wow".
I've only studied art at school, and from the early analysis and projects we did, I became a big fan of Turner and Edgar Degas Later I used Munch's work as an inspiration for a piece of work, and by looking at them and about his life, it was also an eye opener. So these are the three that I have studied and can say I understand their work. What about you?