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Oils on Canvas
16 x 12"
1984

This is the painting of my "Girl with Toy Alligator" (Pencil [link]).

Technique: When I read that Titian said, "Svelature, trenta o quaranta!" (glazes, thirty or forty!) I had to try it. I did a light underpainting in black, red, and white. Then I started building up glazes. About mid-point, I covered the entire picture (which was now starting to look finished) with a thin layer of white. Amazing! What pearly colors this produced. Then more glazing of the entire picture with the appropriate colors for skin tone, background, dress and the alligator. I kept count. When finished, this painting consisted of 27 layers. Glazing one layer, scumbling (which is really just a glaze of light over dark, as in my white layer) the next layer--back and forth. This is how the inner glow in her face was achieved.

It took months, in order to allow for each layer to dry. But was it ever worth it!
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Given my general leaning towards more avant stuff, it is important to remind folks of what fundamentals can bring you. Girl with Toy Alligator, Oils by *hank1 is more traditional in tone, but lacks no clarity in its composition, and has the kind of elegance and classicism I associate with people who have studied artists like John Singer Sargent and the Dutch Masters. ( Suggested by mynti and Featured by zeruch )
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abriony Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
This is absolutely superb, I recently visited Rotterdam  and den Haag and was able to see some of the masters works at first hand and clearly we can understand now how they managed to achieve such wonderful effects with light and how it must have been easier for them in those days with less distractions than we live with these days. So my hat is off to you for managing to spend such a lot of time waiting for your glazes to dry in order to be able to reproduce the effect of the old masters in this breathtaking portrait.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Brian. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful painting!
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Clive.
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MarkRHansen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a lovely work of art! The love you put into this painting really shines forth ~ bravo!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Mark. Love into the painting and from the heart of me for my daughter, the model.
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zakartist Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very captivating
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hank1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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hinchen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow! I love how you used the bright light from the left, it makes the portrait powerful and playful at the same time.
You're very skilled! :star:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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sepultur60 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
so professional
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Ismail.
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sepultur60 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Courtney-Kamikaze Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Amazing!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Court.
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON THIS HERE BEFORE. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE, NO DOUBT IN MY MIND. THE TECHNIQUE IS INCREDIBLE. THESE MUTED TONES HAVE SO MUCH DEPTH AND THE LIGHT ON THE FACE ASTOUNDING. I CANNOT FORGET THE HAIR...WOW, THE HAIR IS PERFECT.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I cannot believe I haven't attempted a portrait as fine as this one. I suppose this one cannot be surpassed. Perhaps a lesser one, are rare thing, a portrait of the artist--as an old man--is in order....
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes...you should attempt something this grand. This is where your expertise really is. This is where you shine the most. Wow..always love the hair..your favorite thing to do. I for one really appreciate what I call the gift you have.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm working on it.

Yes, it's a gift. A gift I gave to myself.
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good!!
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NancyvandenBoom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
I came back again to watch this wonderful portrait. I am not an educated artcritiquer ;-) so I just say how very very very much I like this. The light, the inner glow. You must have been so patient to build it up like this. Very touching image. And that is the best I can get from viewing such a wonderful work. It touches me. Hat off for you :-)
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, dear Nancy.
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88valley Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
really enjoyed reading about your process- thanks for that --- lovely result...
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Michael.
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Fraggie-Muffin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
BEAUTIFUL ! so much talent
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hank1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind thoughts.
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Chattar-Lal Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
I don't mind this work but as with all your portraits the skin color is wrong.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The skin color is my own. This is not a Naturalistic work. It's Romantic. That is to say, I portray it the way it might be and ought to be (a loose translation from Aristotle).
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bucephalus9 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Nice work. You're almost as good as Jochen Hein but he works in acrylics:

[link]
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Adrian,

Thank you.

I like Hein's "Jessine".

However, and with no comparison to professional stature intended, I suggest that I'm the better artist.

Robert
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sparkeyboy09 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Enchanting work Robert
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Mark,

My thanks.

Robert
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! 27 layers, that's a lot, and it's funny you kept count! I absolutely adore this portrait, because, besides the beauty of the graceful little model,your technique is great! I especially love the lightning once again, as in your violin portrait (don't know if "portrait" only applies to living things) and the hair.. reminds me of Vermeer's The girl with a pearl earring.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, after diving into oil painting I looked at Vermeer and wondered how he did it. So for this "Girl with Toy Alligator" I saw in my mind what the end would be but didn't know how many layers it would take. It's the 1st one I kept count on. After that I pretty much knew how long a painting would take and how many layers. Oh, I could say a lot about this painting. For example, half way through I put a layer of white over the entire thing and what did that do? I saw pearly colors of all kinds. I wanted the green to look like the color of a pool where a living alligator would lurk and show how the girl (my younger daughter was the model--she's now 37.)is unafraid of it all.

Thank you for loving this portrait.
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this portrait! and for the explanations as well! It's so interesting to hear the process from the lips of the artist himself, and wow I didn't know the portrait is based on an old picture. I bet your daughter loved it. :)
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a pleasure it was looking through your gallery your work is outstanding! I love the way you use the light like in this piece, just lovely!!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Mathwing Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Wow! That's a beautiful painting you got there!^^
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Mathwing Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
^^
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.

What does the symbol ^^ mean? I take it as a compliment without knowing its meaning.
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Mathwing Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
It like a smiley ^^- eyes, can you see?
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NinthCircuit Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
It's truly been a pleasure to see this image...
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to see it!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Echofeather Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Beutifull work. The lighting and detail are amazing.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Echo,

Thank you very much.

Robert Tracy
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fieryfemale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
beautiful painting
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.

And your having "started using pastels and they are definately my favorite now. I love the simplicity of them." is a step forward. Pastels are for me very difficult but like you I started using them around 2000.

Keep at it.

All the best,

Robert Tracy
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Daliot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That light bursting trough is really something. The girl reminds me of someone...
I think you have a good technique going there. Maybe it's all a little to photographic... (No I'm just jealous)!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

My inspiration was studying Vermeer's paintings of girls.

Robert
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