What makes a great portrait? More Menagerie Sneak Peeks!

Let’s chat about how my artist Anne Bentley paints portraits so beautifully. She includes only the essential qualities of likeness and leaves out extraneous stuff. There’s a kind of visual efficiency. But then, she goes full-on decorative in the background to tell the rest of the story. Here, she paints the distinctive features of beloved British writer Virginia Woolf–the bits of white under the iris, the slight droop of the lower lid, the long oval face and narrow nose. But then, the gorgeous Bloomsbury-esque wallpaper motifs in the background tell some more of the story. I hope you enjoy seeing some of Anne’s work she painted for our Art Menagerie.

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