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New Figure Series a Homage to Vermeer

I've been working on a series of small figure paintings, each one 16" x 12" and depicting the same model. The subject is a friend and neighbour of ours who posed for me last September. The late afternoon sun was streaming in through our patio doors creating a lighting effect that I was eager to take advantage of while it lasted. The resulting compositions remind me of what Vermeer achieved in his most famous works: a quiet private atmosphere with a sense of mystery and intrigue. Sometimes the figure gazes at the viewer directly, inviting a response, but more often he's engaged in his own affairs.

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