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This image took several weeks to complete. I began with transferring the drawing then applying yellow ochre to the entire canvas, using oil on the face and acrylic on the parts that were to be covered by beads. Next, was capturing the facial features in light oil washes. Lastly, the beads were individually glued in place. This last step was labor intensive and had to be done in sections so to allow the glue to dry enough to keep the beads from moving around.
The size of the image measures 5×7 inches, but the impact of the image is full and rich.