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Thread: From Marilyn Monroe to Maggie Smith as Countess Grantham

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    From Marilyn Monroe to Maggie Smith as Countess Grantham

    A couple of my most recent portraits. Marilyn Monroe (on her 91st BD. and Maggie Smith as Countess Grantham from Downton Abbey. Exact opposites in the way I had to achieve a young woman's complexion, and then a dowager's. Both AR5. Oils. 2 layers. (The Room, and View out the castle window are pieces I had previously done.
    (I have discovered over time that if I wished the layers to appear of-a-piece, I needed to blur the very smallest of edges in each layer.)

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    Well done!

    The Countess Grantham comes alive with all her endearing wit. Her essence is perfectly captured.

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    DarkOwnt - Thanks so much. I just love Maggie Smith, and this character is one of her very best.
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    So.. I was wondering. I've always felt that Marilyn had a unique feminine, irresistible sexual allure, a distinctive understated and at once overpowering seductive aura she used to captivate millions of men.
    What are your thoughts on Marilyn and your rendering of her?

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    I have taken some time to ruminate over your question. Marilyn was special. Not just for her looks, but for that very Sexual persona. I have painted her many times over the years. (I even stole my uncle's calendar (of her) from his garage. I let my cousin take the blame...)
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    ha She was so very unique indeed.

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    Hi Skylar very good work
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    Hi Skylar good work I like the second
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    Thank you, Sabena
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    Powerful ladies with different strengths. Nice paintings.
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