The inspiration for this painting came from Leonardo da Vinci's painting "The Lady with the Ermine" (I made a master replica of it in 18 months of work).
This painting is a classic portrait using the Dieatro Aria technique I developed:
Stan Bert Singer developed Leonardo's sfumato technique into another level of classical painting techniques, with many layers and a special "aria layer" between the painting steps using a secret formula to achieve this effect.
It is a very time-consuming technique as there is a drying time of at least 1-2 weeks between each layer. Therefore a painting in Dietro Aria technique takes about 6-12 months to finish.
Dietro Aria , means as much as "behind air" or in German "hinter Luft".
Dietro Aria technique creates a kind of three-dimensionality in the viewer. Because of the many layers, this is very difficult to photograph.
The model is a good friend of mine, a Russian beauty queen from Tartastan. I hope you enjoy it, Stan.
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