I love to do commission works of loved ones, and this is a good example. Because the children looked to me like a Renaissance angels, I wanted to make the work a classic painting from that period. I used Leonardo da Vinci's technique's for creating flesh tones to give the faces depth and aliveness.
I call the painting "First Kiss" because it reminded me of my first kiss in kindergarten. I will never forget the intensity of the experience of having received a kiss from someone other than a relative. To present that feeling of intensity I added clouds at sunset.
About the Artist Dr Michael Durst:
According to the Ico Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, “Dr. Michael Durst is an American artist, who lives and paints in Cape Town, South Africa. As a psychologist, Dr. Dust’s paintings create not only beauty for the beholder, but also a state of relaxation and healing. His work combines realism with impressionism, evoking an emotional link to the heart-thus the name: Heartscapes.
His exhibitions in New York, Cape Town, the Netherlands and India have received rave reviews and gained Dr. Durst international renown. Dr. Durst loves to paint the beauty of Cape Town--especially the Waterfront, Table Mountain, ocean views, spring flowers, and the vineyards. His Portraits, Fractal Visions and...
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