In 1985, artist Chuck Close applied oil paint directly on his fingertips to create a masterful portrait of his grandmother. “By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his finger on the canvas, Close could achieve a wide range of tonal effects. Typically, he worked from a black and white photograph which he would divide into many smaller units by means of a grid. He then transposed the grid onto a much larger canvas and meticulously reproduced each section of it.” 
1. "Fanny/Fingerpainting." The National Gallery. Retrieved on October 9th, 2012.
Photos © Chuck Close