Tuesday, October 29, 2013

War Painted

"War Painted"
Charcoal on paper
Price $195
©Nancy Tokos Fine Art All Rights Reserved 2014

Original.  This is an interesting technique.  I paint with charcoal powder.  Start with a big brush and mix it with water then block in the shapes.  Some brush strokes remain and others are moved around, or taken away then a charcoal pencil defines and refines.  Signed.  Sprayed with a fixative.  The lineness is Wes Studi, a magnificent Native American.  Studi is a full-blooded Cherokee actor from Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma near Tahlequah, and has won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Native Americans in film.  This particular inspiration is from one of my favorite films, "Dances With Wolves." My story continues as a few months ago, PORTRAITS 4 ALL Fine Arts Studio & Gallery had a show featuring Native Americans.  Apparently the word was out as Native Americans came around to see the show.  Imagine my surprise when a look-alike to Wes Studi walked through the door !  This is a clear favorite of mine but the story goes with the painting and would look lovely in your Library or Living Room.

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