Introspective Inspector, 16x20 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher

Introspective Inspector, 16x20 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher


Introspective Inspector, 16x20 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher  

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This is an original oil painting of a favorite subject in LGBTQ households.  The beautiful young man with washboard abs, well-muscled arms and a beautiful physique in general.  This portrait of a twink is designed to titillate, what is he looking at?  Or maybe, his head is down because he’s sad?  You and your friends will have hours of fun looking at the painting and coming up with the answer.  This hot young man is a conversation piece.

This portrait of was painted in the alla prima method.  Alla prima, also called “wet-on-wet” and “direct painting,” is a very popular method of painting in which the artist applies paint to the canvas essentially in one sitting (“alla prima” is an Italian phrase that translates to “at once”).  

Alla prima allows an overall command of the whole picture because everything is being painted ‘all at once’ in the same session. It calls for virtuoso handling of the material – a boldness that can bring out an inspired response.

The focus of alla prima is edges: soft, blended ones contrasted with those sharply defined. However, being able to control these edges and the way the paint mixes require preparation of colors and a decisive handling of the material.

The composition of this painting is based on a principle called the “rule of thirds” in which the focus or emphasis of the painting is brought off center so it is a bit more interesting. In this painting you’ll see that the is in the upper right quarter of the image rather than dead center.  I also thought that the asymmetrical quality of the composition made this painting have a better flow.

I’ve also attempted to use thick quick calligraphic brushwork to make the textures more engaging and descriptive.  I use different textures and brushworks for different areas.  I’ve also layered the paint and, in some places, used plastering knives to skip coat the paint over some areas. 

This is painted on a canvas panel.  Why do I paint on canvas panel? Mainly for the durability.  Canvas panels are made with a rigid core with canvas glued directly to the rigid base.  Unlike stretched canvas, boards warp less and expands and contracts less.  It’s sturdier to ship and will endure the heat and cold better so the paint will crack and chip less than a stretched canvas which flexes and changes as in different temperatures and environments.

It's also a standard frame size so you can buy an “open back frame kit” anywhere on the web from Amazon, to Blick, or even on Etsy.  Visit a framing shop and they usually have premade frames in this size that they can pop into a frame and wire up for you right on the spot.

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