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A monochrome rendering, of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, done in warm sepia conveys the vintage and historic feel of a by-gone period. The rough and weathered face and the strong steady gaze belie any hint of easy-living from the finery of his dress. Light illuminates a man of power and self-reliance. William Cody, un-conflicted in his time; a man of the American Wild West.
Much of this work is done using toothpicks as paint knives. This technique allows you to almost comb the paint into hair and whiskers, or draw the paint over the facial contours. A fascinating subject, here is some background information.
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but lived several years in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for service to the US Army as a scout. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill became famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes, which he toured in Great Britain and Europe as well as the United States.
Mary Ellen Anderson is a contemporary American oil painter residing in Lawrence, Kansas USA. She is known for her oil paintings that blend ultra-realism and impressionism into a unique style that is reminiscent of Renaissance masters. Common themes are mid-west and western landscapes, portraits, and nature.
March 21st, 2013
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