Monday, November 10, 2014

MMP Series #4 - Da Vinci's - Mona's Hands - SOLD

6x6 acrylic on stretched canvas
image wraps on 1-1/2 inch sides

Mona's Hands, as I have subtitled this, is my next mini masterpiece. The artist, this time, is Leonardo Da Vinci. The subject - the Mona Lisa. I dared not attempt to do the Mona Lisa in full! But her hands, that I thought I would challenge myself with.

Firstly, I have to say, Leonardo was the king of "lost edges." I have painted with them before, but never like this! Soft edges everywhere, nothing hard except for a few distinct lines between the hands & in the clothing. This took a bit of getting use to - I am use to definitive, hard edges.

Secondly, his color palette! I know that he mixed his own colors (and probably quite toxic in his day), but the dark, rich earth colors were a bit of a challenge to create. 

While working on this, I did a bit of research into the Mona Lisa painting and found some historians who wrote that the original colors for this painting were quite vibrant. Here are a few links if you're interested in reaching further:

Artists Note: I am currently working on my website. I am loading more art pieces, and offering some as either on hardboard or matted & framed. If you haven't visited in a while, or even if you have, head over and see what's new. It's all very exciting!


martinealison said...


Une très intéressante publication.
J'aime beaucoup votre travail avec les mains de Mona.
Bravo !
Gros bisous ☁︎

CrimsonLeaves said...

Such a great idea, Nancie. These are wonderfully done, too! Wonder how much of the color in these hands is due to the amberishness of the varnish over time? Just thinking out loud...

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

I have been enjoying your Masters series, Nan. You have an eye for painting interesting example of each artist's work. Wonderful series...


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