The Soup Eater

Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24in, 2023

This painting was based on an early 19th-century work depicting a peasant girl eating a bowl of soup. Ryan decided to paint this to challenge his color control, specifically on the subtle shadows that move across her face. Using a sfumato approach, the shadows came out exactly as he wanted and he was very pleased with the outcome of this little painting

“Painting the shadows of the face was a struggle because of the subtle shadow work, but I couldn’t be happier with it. This little painting is one of my favorites”  -Ryan Flynn