Marilyn Monroe painting portrait – Wildflower


This painting of Marilyn Monroe is titled Wildflower.  Artist Kent Paulette painted this original colorful portrait in April 2020.  It is acrylic on canvas.  Marilyn Monroe, aka Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress and model from the fifties.  She was a Hollywood icon.  Her hair is blonde and she is looking directly at the camera.  Paulette used a palette knife to create the thick impasto texture in this contemporary painting.

Marilyn Monroe was a 1950’s Hollywood star, famous sex symbol, and American popular culture icon.  This fine art has a lot of motion in the brushstrokes.

Marilyn was a 50’s Hollywood actress who worked with Twentieth Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures.  Her movies include The Seven Year Itch, The Misfits, As Young as You Feel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monkey Business, How to Marry a Millionaire, Clash by Night, Bus Stop, Don’t Bother to Knock, The Prince and the Showgirl, and Niagara.  She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Some Like It Hot.

Artist K. Paulette describes his process for this painting, “I painted Marilyn after a series of 4 medium size paintings. With that series, I was experimenting with different types of textures and colors. I picked my favorite texture and colors from that series and used them on this painting of Marilyn Monroe.”

“I started this painting by applying the thick texture with a palette knife. Next I stained the canvas and texture with my Creek Washes. Then I finished the painting with White Whispers.”

“I just got back from a wildflower creek walk and I think I’ve decided now that the title of this painting of Marilyn Monroe is Wildflower.  I was inspired by all the wildflowers I’ve been seeing on my daily nature walks these past couple weeks when I painted Marilyn.”

“I started this painting early one morning listening to Anna Calvi’s song ‘Morning Light’. Soon after that, Cat Power’s version of ‘New York’ played. I finished the painting in a magical moment while listening to Anohni’s song ‘Hopelessness’. Each of these three songs played randomly in a long playlist that I had created and shuffled.

Comments about this painting of Marilyn Monroe posted on social media:
Amelia Randall Surgnier wrote, “You captured her spirit in those magnificent eyes. Breathtaking.”

Gary Sewell wrote, “Nice! Her beauty and vulnerability perfectly rendered.”

Connie Campbell wrote, “Wild Flower is perfect name of your painting.”

Terri Busek wrote, “It’s a lovely painting of her.”

Video of this Marilyn Monroe painting in the sunshine:



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