She Spurned His Advances

She Spurned

Just finished this charcoal drawing (14×17″).  I began this as a surrealistic image by finding shapes and images in a cloud of charcoal that I smeared on the paper.  The odd fellow on the left began to emerge, and I suddenly got an idea to add a realistic figure as a counterpoint.  I based her on a 19th c. daguerreotype of a melodramatic actress taken in the studio of Southworth and Hawes.

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