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A Friendly Face by Mitchell O'Mahoney

Framed Prints

Small (8.0" x 10.7")

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The warmth of the Vietnamese people is expressed so readily at first greeting, as captured here in the face of this lovely elderly lady in HoiAn. She was serving soup at a street stall we passed, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take her portrait. She was much obliging and made great soup too!

As with the other images in this collection, this picture is created with smoke from an oil lantern applied to Archers paper with a brush.


smoke, vietnam, black and white, old, lady, mitchell, monochrome, charcoal, portrait


  • roza50
    roza50about 2 years ago

  • Yay, my first feature, thanks!

    – Mitchell O'Mahoney

  • artwin1
    artwin1about 2 years ago


  • thank you very much

    – Mitchell O'Mahoney

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    Just beautiful

  • thank you :)

    – Mitchell O'Mahoney

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...about 2 years ago

    I’ve never seen a smoke drawing before, and I’m not even sure it belongs in this group, but it is very well done, and for that you deserve a reward Mitchell. Sorry that it’s only a feature banner. Great work!

  • Hey Margaret, thank you for featuring me. If it’s any consolation, I use pencil first to sketch the image in, and then fill with the smoke :)

    – Mitchell O'Mahoney

  • Katherine Thomas
    Katherine Thomasabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Thanks Katherine!

    – Mitchell O'Mahoney

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedabout 2 years ago


  • SueDeNym
    SueDeNymabout 2 years ago

    You have been featured banner for fine art of human portraiture
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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 2 years ago

    September 15,2012

  • Zoran Kudra
    Zoran Kudraalmost 2 years ago

    Great work, all of it

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting. Amazing technique. Michelle

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