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Meditation on a painting by Elizabeth Peyton

Number 98 in the series talks about something that caught my eye the other day on


  1. "because she likes painting." Well, that really has to be the reason why... or else, is it worth it?
    That's a great painting - I love the warmth and strength of it. I like how the figure is placed, relaxed in his chair, looking straight out at the viewer. He looks kind of challenging, but also rather enigmatic. I love how she has painted the face so delicately (a word you used too), yet quite starkly really - no "rose tints in the cheeks", but rather white and flat. Yet it is so effective. If she'd been too fussy, the figure would have just disappeared into the strong reds of the background.
    Like you, I like her use of her brush. The light and shadows are just lovely.
    I could live with that painting (and I don't say that often!)

  2. You're right, Lizzie. Looking at the face again, I also notice that she did in fact catch something of Lennon's mouth. And also, this painting looks loose and carefree, but it takes a lot of skill to paint in this way.


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