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Defiance of Brunhilde – Female Portrait – Wagner Ring Cycle Festival

June 30th, 2010

“Defiance of Brunhilde”
12 x 16 oil on linen panel

This portrait was painted in conjunction with the performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which is in its final week in Los Angeles. The model for this painting was a high school student in Orange County, who may have been about the same age as the noted Valkyrie.

Unfortunately the lighting on the model in my position was flat front-lit, and I was unable to move nor make changes to the lighting. Still, it was a good exercise and I”m satisfied with the outcome of the project. My portrait of Wotan (below) is currently hanging at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels until July 16.

4 Comments »

  1. Karen; impressed by your versatility! It’s inspiring.

    Comment by Patti Gibbons — July 1, 2010 @ 5:25 am
  2. It is such a thrill when you you paint these Old Master-style cultural themes, Karen!

    Comment by Marie Theron — July 1, 2010 @ 10:23 am
  3. Good talking with you yesterday, Karen! You do amazing things!

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — July 2, 2010 @ 3:47 pm
  4. Impressive portraits. Especially Wotan’s decided look on his eye, his modest appearence yet confident stand remind me a verse of Milton: “Majestic though in ruin: Sage he stood, with Atlantean shoulders fit to bear the weight of mightiest monarchies…”

    Comment by Tolga Ersoy — October 11, 2012 @ 2:39 am

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