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Remain

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‘Remain’ © 2018 Carlos Aleman

 

‘Remain’ (Aryuna Tardis No. 2)
Acrylic on Canvas – 30” x 48”

‘Remain’ is a project that I’ve wanted to work on for almost a year. The first painting I did of Aryuna Tardis, entitled, ‘Gimme Love,’ seemed to be well received by the model, but when I asked if she would give me permission to use another of her images as a reference picture for a painting, I never heard back, despite several follow ups. Upon a closer look at the painting, was she displeased or upset with the rendering or proportions? Was she secretly adamant that I never paint her again? Oh, the angst and drama! I checked my measurements and found to my dismay that I had made the distance between her nose and mouth ever so slightly off—maybe a sixteenth of an inch.   Such tiny miscalculations are major catastrophes in portraiture. Oh well!

But after many months, I decided to ask again. Aryuna, who is Russian—and I’m not sure how good her English is—responded:   Hi! Sure! followed by five heart emoji.   Game on, I thought.

 

Ruyoo #1

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‘Ruyoo series #1’ © 2018 Carlos Aleman

 
 
Although I’ve spent a few years studying Mandarin, I still can’t understand the language, much less decipher writing.  The model, Ruyoo Jyoo, told me that she wasn’t sure what the Chinese characters on her face meant.  I was eventually told by someone that they mean ‘true feelings,’ or ‘real emotions,’  at least the parts that were readable (seems compatible with the expression on her face).  As with recent paintings, this is a small work on paper, about 18″ x 24″ painted with acrylics. This seems to me a good candidate for a large canvas.  I’ll keep you posted if it becomes such a thing.   Or you can help me decide by commissioning a new project.