female portrait

Female Portrait © marina Kanavaki

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female portrait det1 ©Marina Kanavaki

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female portrait det2 ©Marina Kanavaki

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female portrait det3 ©Marina Kanavaki

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female portrait det4 ©Marina Kanavaki

Female Portrait

Technique: Acrylic & pastels on art board

Original size: 40x50cm

Female Portrait © 1996 Marina Kanavaki


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female portrait framed

[museum quality printing and framing]

110 Responses to “female portrait”
  1. Usually I don’t comment when so many have said what I want to say but your work is so compelling that it compels me to simply say… Amazing.

  2. I love the movement in this piece.

  3. Gray Dawster says:

    I love the colour manipulation and the sheer
    creativeness of this piece of art, you certainly
    have an amazing technique Marina, and I do
    like this one my friend 🙂

    Andro xx

    • I am so flattered, Andro! I really don’t know about technique – I keep learning and forgetting / weird… Thank you so much, my friend! 🙂

      • Gray Dawster says:

        I think that painting, like many mediums becomes instinct as one’s skills develop, I like the style and freshness in your artistry, it has such a welcoming and absorbing quality 🙂

        Andro xx

        • You are right about instinct, however it’s a never ending learning process – and a very enjoyable one! I am still very very flattered though and very happy you find my work agreeable. Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

          • Gray Dawster says:

            I certainly do find your work agreeable, and I have only covered a very small percentage of your versatility. I already admire your work, you are a fine artist my friend 🙂 Have a very nice evening also 🙂

            Andro xx

            • big big big smiles back!!!! t h a n k y o u !! 🙂

              • Gray Dawster says:

                You really are welcome and I will be calling in again on the morrow, I am looking forward to viewing much more of your art, so far I am spoiled with your wonderful imagination.

                Thank you for your kind thoughts on my comments and do enjoy a marvellous evening 🙂

                Andro xx

  4. Reblogged this on Patrick Solere and commented:
    Le mois du re-blog

    Je me suis amusé à lire vos blogs en entier et y découvert des pépites, je vous propose de les faire (re)découvrir ainsi que vos nouveautés.

  5. Yes, I purse my lips and bat my eyes like that when I look in a mirror– I recognized the whole scenario immediately… : P

    How do you come up with these amazing color combinations? I wouldn’t have thought those colors would work together, but they obviously do, to great effect. I like how the portrait is slightly off-center, and how that dark upper left-hand corner gives the image extra “pop.”

    I believe you must step forward and take another bow, my dear Marina!! : )

    • 😆 No way, you don’t! !! 😆
      Don’t ask about the colors… there are times when I preorganize the crime and go for certain combinations (mood plays a role there) and there are those other moments when I have absolutely NO idea why – what or how and I just go for it. That was the latter!!!
      I bow to no one!!! 😆 Joking ofcourse!!!
      Merci beaucoup mr. very talented man. I am very grateful for your generous words! 🙂

  6. Russ L says:

    There is so much to see here. Picasso-esque, eyes:storms, light, nebula, when you look close, and how a simple line can inflect an ear, and a vortex a chakra. The masterpiece of this is how it, and so much of it, invites projection!

    Wowie Zowie! 🙂

  7. I am always moved by your talent and skill…the picture is breathtaking! Blessings and hugs always Marina!

  8. ooooooooooooo just lovely 🙂

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    Incredible, Marina!
    Incredible detail and layers all blended expertly into a masterpiece!

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Wow, wow, WOW. Amazing.

    Love the colour and the lines. I love the layers – can see so many layers. You are astonishing, Marina. Very gifted. Inspired.

  11. I find in this painting an eclectic mix of mystery, vibrancy and of course colour. Do I also sense a sensuality in the eyes?


    • The eclectic mix sounds really nice, Shakti. As for the sensuality, I suppose it’s there, she is a woman after all! 🙂 I am really glad you like it. Thank you!

  12. clinock says:

    Mysteriously sensual and rich with that light touch you bring to all of your work – I particularly enjoyed the detailed images – little works of art on their own. If this was a ‘phase’ you went through in the past I really hope you revisit it in the future. This is an eye feast Marina…

    • John, your words are always warm and supportive and I am very grateful for that! “Phases” are a part of us. We just get to pick from the garden of “phases” which one suits us better at the time, so I may revisit soon! Thank you, my friend!

  13. Jo Dunn says:

    Self-portrait? Great.

  14. Francina says:

    dramatic beautiful painting , Marina. I love the expression in the eyes…
    groetjes en happy summer, 🙂
    Francina xxxxxxxx

  15. lautal says:

    Great work. Nice portrait.

  16. A very good portrait, Marina. I love the deep colours and your drawing skills are very good.

  17. sriramjanak says:

    love this marina….totally different from all the posts I have seen before…
    thanks for sharing

  18. Ah, what do I say! You amaze me every time… great, indeed! Stupefied!

  19. Marina, beautiful she has character.. 🙂 Loved the whole view as If standing back.. Good luck on all your art work sales my friend 🙂

  20. Madhu says:

    This is stunning Marina! And unexpeced! Love her eyes, and her luscious pout 🙂

  21. I’m never disappointed at the magnificent beauty you bring forth in boldness yet subtleties that pull one into your art! I see electrical flow in the linear composition and, the depth of a very deep well in her expression ~ yet, it’s the darkness that makes me “think..”‘

    • My dear Deborah, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. The darkness has always been a companion just like light. Sometimes we are in harmony and sometimes not. In most cases however -I like to think- it makes us better people with warmer smiles. 😉

  22. adinparadise says:

    Incredible work, Marina. 🙂

  23. Cat Forsley says:

    Holy Moly M …………………
    Incredible …………
    how do You do That ?
    awwwwwwesome 🙂 xxx C

  24. It’s nice to see a new side of your artwork. When we are creative – we are creative – there are no limitations. Well done, Marina.

  25. violetski says:

    Waooo, this is amazing Marina! ❤I really love it❤
    Looking forward to see more portraits (^_−)−☆

  26. Portraiture is my artistic specialty and I love your portrait of the woman. It has a ring of Picasso, maybe you are channeling him?

    • Growing up with images from such emblematic painters and musicians have surely influenced me. Thank you so much for your kindness!! Even more so coming from an expert!
      PS I’d love to see your work!!!!!!

  27. aFrankAngle says:

    Ah ha … another one from what I call, “The Dark Years Collection” 🙂 …. Great use of underlying colors … but to me, I see sadness in the eyes.

    • Yep, and even earlier!! It is actually one of the paintings that triggered my “Character” series [for my solo exhibition]. Sadness can be a sweet friend!
      Thank you, Frank!

  28. this is a different face of your art work! astounding 🙂

  29. love it! reminds me of Picasso

  30. willowdot21 says:

    I love this and what I say next I say in the kindest way because it is the only way I can explain myself. It is ugly and yet yet so very beautiful. xx

  31. frizztext says:

    that’s a great creative step into a new concept: FACES! Congratulations!!!
    you would take the gold pieces by revealing me to the police, Marina? No more trust in $ or €?
    greetings by

    • No Frizz! Never! 🙂 As for currency, €, $, ¥, £, silver or gold, all the same, aren’t they?! 😉
      Thank you, Frizz!!

      • frizztext says:

        hi Marina, one is delivered more quickly to the police, than you think. In Istanbul, it’s enough if you just simply stand there silently, without moving. This is interpreted as an illegal resistance against the Islamization of the country by Erdogan. In Frankfurt, where I am, you would be treated like a criminal if you join the demonstrations of the “Blockupy” movement, which criticizes the strategy of the European Central Bank.

  32. johntyarts says:

    Great work Maria

    On Tuesday, 18 June 2013, marina kanavaki wrote: > marina kanavaki posted: ” detail 1 detail 2 detail 3 detail 4 Female Portrait Technique: Acrylic & pastels on art board Original size: 40x50cm Female Portrait 1996 Marina Kanavaki SHOP Female Portrait ART PRINT HERE ” >

  33. Love the richness of the details!

  34. deCamville Design says:

    Marina – I LOVE this!! How beautiful and fantastic she is! You are amazing with oils and acrylics!!! 🙂 ~xoxo!!!

  35. makagutu says:

    Great portraits mate

  36. jalal michael sabbagh. says:

    Hi Marina, this is a real surrealism portrait.Great art. Regards.jalal

  37. Jeez, that is good!

  38. Deb says:

    Wow, Marina! This is excellent! You must do portraits more often…great job!
    Have a very nice Tuesday! 🙂

    • Deb, I’m so happy you like it! They are actually coming back to me. I’m very curious as to what they’ll be like today!!!
      You too have a beautiful Tuesday!
      🙂 xxxxx

  39. Bumba says:

    Wow, Marina. I love all of your work, and this is excellent too of course. I like the first close-up the best.

  40. Dilip says:

    Beautiful portrait you’ve captured her sharp expression very well.

  41. fgassette says:

    You did this? WOW! It has a Picasso fell to it. Your rang and skills are EXCELLENT!


  42. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful portrait. Love the lines and colors.

  43. mobius faith says:

    Fabulous Marina. Really wonderful lines, textures, and tones. Wonderful rich color.

  44. 2far2shout says:

    Too dark and brooding for me.

  45. it’s amazing Marina!!! LOVE it 🙂

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