A Face of Strength in a Time of Sorrow by luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

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Mouse drawn and painted in photoshop 5.5. Windows ’98 platform.

A digital painting of a beautiful African head in a decorative, avante garde, impressionistic technique. This was influenced by the tragedy in Haiti. But I just listened to the reunion concert of The Weavers’ on PBS and I realized this is not just Haitian but the face of women around the world in a time of sorrow.


greeting card or small print african feminine face, beautiful, colorful, dramatic, expressive, jeweled headress, sorrow, strength


  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 2 years ago

    Lovely work, Norval

  • Thank You Shulie, I had put this card on and to my horror I had miss-spelled the word ‘strength’ on the card so went back and corrected it but I don’t think there is a way to just replace the image anymore. Any way I looked and could not find it.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 2 years ago
    Gorgeous art!!!
  • Thank you

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work of art my friend. Splendidly done.

  • Thank you Bunny

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

    BOOKMAKERabout 2 years ago


  • Thanks. I saw this lady on a news show covering the Haiti earthquake, made an impression. She was about 6ft three, had this hair that was twisted and had beads all over it.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 2 years ago

    strong red,over powering doubt

  • Thanks Walt

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 2 years ago

    I LOVE everything about this, starting with the title. Dynamic! Wow.

  • Thank you sass for your wonderful comments. I don’t know if you have heard of the ‘Weavers’, one of my favorite groups from back when. I just added their video that I had on the poster, you might like to take a listen, they capture the emotion of this painting.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 2 years ago

    wonderful artwork

  • Thank you, I added the ‘Weavers’ after sass’s comment. I think their singing adds to the painting.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsabout 2 years ago

    Stunning work

  • Thank you Rokki

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 2 years ago

    I absolutely love this, Norval!

  • Thank you Angela

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castro3 months ago

    great piece

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