Illustration: Strong Lighting on the Face

A contrast is generated between the head, modeled naturalistically, and the abstract background with its raw color slashingly applied, in a kind of early Modernism way.  A strong bulb was aimed directly at the face as an experiment in very intense lighting.  The range of capabilities of Winsor & Newton Designer's Gouache is suggested by the watercolor-like thinness of the background and the heavy impasto of the face.