Similar to my art, I want to have a personal connection to my piece. Though I am leaning towards making and animal, I still love the idea of making a portrait of a person whom I admire. Even though it is a smile setting on the wall, I like the boldness it brings from the dark background. The gold frame adds a sense of elegance and playfulness. The three people's emotions can be interpreted in many ways.
A problem I often find when I paint is choosing a background that enhances the focus and doesn't distract the viewers. Though Kehinde backgrounds are colorful and decorative, he uses classic combinations like I saw in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, to make his painting the center of attention.
Though it may sounds narcissistic, I LOVE being the center of attention and can only hope my piece is one that stands out among the rest. The simple painting by Kehinde has a powerful message. There is something so real about the bond between the three people that captivates my attention. I think that his choices are both instinctive and educated which only make it his final product that more special and amazing.