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7" x 5"
oil on masonite board

I've done a small collection of figure pieces with a crackled surface. Playing with the concept of "Time vs. Beauty".

Comments (8)


Definitely looks time-warn. Like some renaissance wall painting.

How did you achieve the faded effect and the cracked surface (I would expect the paint to cover the cracks)?


When I saw the title, my first thought was "Time always wins - faces sag and frescoes crack." So, I would say you did a good job, because it looks really old.


After I did the figure, I finished it with a crackle solution and darkened the fissures with layers of thin oil, wiping off the excess.


Thank you, Linda. You made my day!


Cool, cheers.

And well done on the fast sale, deserved I'd say.

John Cunningham:

That is really nice.


Powerful. It grabbed me the minute I saw it. I have memories of some equivalent pieces at the Worchester, MA, Museum of Art, and the Dayton [OH] Art Institute. It is very challenging to capture intensity in a portrait. Wonderful job!


I appreciate the encouragement! I've been interested by this theme for a while and it's nice to get a little positive feeback.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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