Here's a new little oil painting I did this week from a photo of Lincoln. I love antique photos. The people back then had so much character--wearing their life stories on their faces more than we do today. I had to invent the color, of course, keeping the values darker than the photo and a bit on the warm side. I wanted the mood to feel warm, inviting and reminiscent of older paintings that darken with age, and where the original artist was likely to have painted the sitter by candlelight.
This is 11 x 14" on a linen panel.
And a larger detail shot.