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Cello Woman

‘Cello Woman’ is one of my very favorite paintings.

Despite its muscular sound, the cello, is the most feminine looking of musical instruments. When I see female cellists, the size and curves of the cello seem to echo the body of its player.

Negative space means that the viewer is filling in the details.

This piece is the culmination of my efforts to explore negative space by rendering the violin family with a set of simple arcs and lines. By eliminating the details, we can more than one image from these six arc,  the cello and the female.

The background magenta is streaked vertically on the surface, projecting the feel of wood grain.

Technically, this is some of the best masking work I’ve done.

acrylic on canvas  36 x 18

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