I did this painting to prove a point.
Like I said, Kurana's act was very well received. Later I joined a group where Carlos and several of the Latin players having an animated discussion trying to determine Kurana's most alluring features (it's a Latino thing). Being
I had befriended Kurana (I'm the sensitive type) and during a dinner-date I mentioned the incident and asked her to pose for me. A month later I had proven my point: Kurana's most alluring feature were (drum roll please): her incredible eyes. Her gaze was more sensual and erotic than a line-up of Playboy centerfolds. Everyone agreed with me after seeing it.
The painting is very simple, a close-up of Kurana holding a veil just below her eyes. But that is the deceiving part. By lowering her veil she has invited the viewer for a more intimate view. Her provocative gaze has been accentuated by a strong light that makes her eyes sparkle. Eyes for me are like luminous jewels; the portals that initially connect two individuals into intimate awareness.
I did the painting in Artist's oils on a masonite panel (a type of engineered hardwood panel that I prefer over canvas for small paintings). It was completed over a few days time. The colors thinly painted but well balanced, with the image under the veil kept soft and defused, but crisp and sharp-focus above it. I tend to keep things uncomplicated with unnecessary embelishment and stop the painting as soon as I accomplish my intension.
I presented a story to the viewer. I painted a woman behind a veil that is like a dream from the Arabian Nights; a woman that can tell many tales. Her coiffure is oiled and arranged to perfection; her makeup is flawless; her gaze exudes beauty, mystery -and anticipation. That's her allure and this is what I wanted to show.
Kurana owns this painting. Years later she told me about the trouble she went through to get it back from an ex-boyfriend who wanted to keep it. In a way, I felt flattered. I rarely paint portraits, but I enjoyed painting this one for obvious reasons. I think perhaps this is the best part of being an artist -you get to encounter the sirens of your dreams in real life.