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Questioning Paradise
I began this painting with the intent of doing a loose portrait of a friend of mine. As the painting developed it reminded me of many a grim fairy tale and I quickly came up with a concept for the sketchy image. I love portraits and wanted the focus to be centred on her expression, I added the pendant in her hand to add to the feeling of curiosity in her demeanour. I was also keeping in mind my friends own personality and somewhat gothic “quirky” style. I wanted to go against any stereotype of a corpse bride, doll like girl and this is where the bird of paradise came from, and adding a warmth and ethereal beauty to a dark and winter ravished woods. The main idea of the painting is that sense of “the grass is greener on the other side” AS if this strange scraggly wood nymph had little contact with reality and upon finding many trinkets; her curious mind was set alight. Her equally interested feathered friend reminds me of the snake who tempted eve, or perhaps he is trying to warn her, I’ll leave that up to the individual.

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Artist Name: Jonathan Habens
Artist Country: GB
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Software used:
  • Adobe - Photoshop
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