Artist's description:

After sucessfully completing my first rock star portrait painting of Jim Morrison, I had an urge to do another 60's rock icon. It only felt natural to paint Janis Joplin next. I've always been such a fan. Her powerful voice, charisma and stage presence always mesmerized me. I find Janis absolutely electrifying and her performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival not only seduced but chilled me to the bone.

When I decided I was going to paint Janis, I wanted to stray far away from the typical psychedelic paintings that I often see of her. I wanted to capture something closer to the truth, I wanted my painting to be dark, echoing her troubled past. I also wanted to capture Janis's vulnerability and humanity.

Once I found the photo reference I wanted to use, I altered it in photoshop to make it as original as possible. From there, I did the underdrawing in thin ivory black paint and began slowly layering the paint on the canvas. I used only two tubes of paint, Ivory Black and Titanium White to create a dramatic and monochromatic effect. I'm very pleased and proud of the finished result.

Materials used:

Canvas Board, Oil Paint, Brushes, Turpenoid

Janis Joplin - Buried Alive in the Blues (2014)

$1,000

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This artwork is sold by Robert Burcar from United States

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