Monday, May 5, 2014

"Uzbekistan Elder"

"Uzbekistan Elder"
16"x20", Oil on Canvas
I completed this work as a project for my Saddleback College Painting III class. My instructor, Veronica Obermeyer, introduced me to Ann Gale's “open form” style of lost edges and broken color. I used a very limited palette of white, three blues, a red and a yellow.

I found the wonderful photograph on which I based the work at "The Travel Word" website. It was posted on April 4, 2010. The article was titled "Photo of the Week: A Warm Smile from an Elder in Uzbekistan." I did an exhaustive internet search for both the photographer, Nabikhan Utarbekov, and the author, Lyudmila Vafaeva, without any results. In the United States the copyright belongs indefinitely to the photographer. I followed up with an email to the "The Travel Word's" Editor-in-Chief, Ethan Gelber. Mr. Gelber warmly replied and attempted to communicate with Ms. Vafaeva. As yet, I have not had contact with Nabikhan Utarbekov or Lyudmila Vafaeva.

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