Portrait of Zahira Kelly • Bad_Dominicana

When Zahira posted a photo on her Instagram with blue locs and pink rose accessories, I knew it would have to be my next painting, mainly because my favorite analogous color scheme is blue-purple-pink. It was a match made in heaven, quite literally.

I decided to incorporate purple by adding tropical leaves to the foreground. I also added roses to the bottom of the frame as a continuation of the roses in her hair. The background took on a loose, dreamy feel, with floating lights to add a magical touch. Finally, I wanted to highlight her earrings and septum jewelry, so I used reflective gold paint.


I used Gamblin oil paints on canvas panel. The gold paint I used for the jewelry is by Winsor and Newton. I put this painting in a gold frame and sent it to her.

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