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The smoking lady of the boudoir by Peter Zentjens

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The second in my series of watercolours inspired by vintage erotic photography. The image I used as a reference for this painting is from somewhere, as far as I can tell, in the 1910’s.

The original was painted on Bristol paper 210 by 295 mm, 210g/m² using a mixture of cakes and tubes from Talens, Hama, Mont Martre and for the first time a tube of Winsor & Newton. I must admit, I was blown away by the texture and feel of the latter!

Painstakingly scanned and retouched to get a nice and clean reproduction as close as possible to the original painting.

Here is the first in the series:


  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 4 years ago

    Love the sophistication of this portrait !

  • Thanks! Also for faving, much appreciated.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosabout 4 years ago

    WOW Peter..clever bugger!! These are fantastic pieces of art!! Love how you’ve blended the skin tones and colours!! No eye in the rose?!! lol..*-)

  • You can’t imagine how hard it was for me to stay my hand when I got to the centre of that rose. “must not draw eye, must not draw eye, ….” :)
    Glad you like my paintings too Deb!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboabout 4 years ago

    There is such appeal in this classic style, Peter!
    You’ve captured the colour of the shadow and the light in this so beautifully!
    Such talent!

  • Wow, thank you, you are making me blush!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanabout 4 years ago

    beautifully executed Peter, you are a man of many talents!

  • Thanks ever so much, I do like the sound of talent. ;)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kuabout 4 years ago

    really wonderful artwork

  • Many thanks, also for the fav

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Rebecca Tun
    Rebecca Tunabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks again, and will do once more…

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!!

  • Thanks both for comment and fav!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    Ah! A man of many talents I see. This is beautiful.

  • Thank you Wendi, I’m glad you think it so. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 4 years ago

    This is beautiful, Peter!

  • Thanks Mel, glad you like it!

    – Peter Zentjens

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