Matteson Art


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: this being the first entry.