Thursday, July 12, 2012

Red Beret

With all the recent hat paintings, I thought I was done with hats for a while, but one more came along ... a "spin-off" from the woman wearing a blue hat in my previous picture, Hat Party. I liked the gesture and the reflection in the mirror, and thought the two elements with some changes would make a good composition on their own. 

Red Beret
5 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     2012

I'll add another image, of another woman in a red beret, painted twenty years ago. Perhaps an interesting contrast between the two, visually and psychologically: one an analogous harmony of warm colors ... the other a complementary harmony of green and red.

Portrait: Woman in Red Cap
5" x 3 1/4"     oil on linen     1991

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