About the painting: Mona Lisa 2009

I got the idea for the Mona Lisa in 2007-2008 while looking at different driftwood images.

The Mona Lisa: Her smile is enigmatic!

The above shot of a close-up of a weathered tree trunk inspired my Mona Lisa.  Rather than destroy the underpainting or make it very abstract, I simply painted the outline of the weathered driftwood trunk with little shading over my interpretation of Leonardo's image. I put the steps I took to paint this on my blog:
http://www.mattesonart.com/mona-lisa-driftwood-series--a-painting-in-progress-1.aspx this being the first entry.

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