My sister commissioned a piece of artwork today — sitting me down and handing me brushes and paints is pretty much the only way to get me to do art lately — to fit in a small frame she had found and had my father fix while here was here over the holidays. She had them cut a piece of masonite and gessoed it for me…and then said, “I want you to paint one of your ladies.”
I didn’t realize I had “ladies.”
I did the Dream-Haired Woman (the one up there at the top of this website). I started my Bruxa Evora shortly after that…but I’ve only painted the woman. I haven’t started any of the collagework yet. I’ve had more than a few compliments about the piece in the past few months. Apparently, she looks awesome just as she is. Now I’m almost afraid to finish.
So Soteria commissioned a “lady” — the lady is the easiest part! — it was teeny-tiny enough to finish in an hour or so… I accepted. Why not? I paged through a gorgeous book of paintings from the Prado and selected a woman with great hair from one of Goya’s paintings to use as a reference.
Here is my miniature version of Dona Arias.
I hereby promise to do more painting in the near future. Perhaps some more ladies? Hmmm…I might just smell a New Year’s Resolution…