I started this piece simply as an exercise (and personal challenge), in using a very limited palette of colors. (Not something I am known for!)
This woman is in a very unique pose. I imagined I would be in for a bit of a struggle with the shadowing, as I didn’t have a clear reference photo to work with, but she came to life almost effortlessly.
While I was working on her striking eyes, I realized that the subject reminded me of someone who is very special to me. I haven’t had the privilege of seeing her in person for many years, but our friendship continues to blossom over the miles.
I believe that those amazing eyes were captured from my memories. The resemblance to Andrea was not intentional, but her essence and spirit were somehow channeled to my brush. I didn’t even fully realize how much the subject had become her until the painting was complete and I stood back and looked. Thank you Andi, for inspiring me in so many ways; in life and in art.
11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas
What can I say to you?? How can I thank you for this amazing piece of art…how can I thank you for a lifetime friendship that is worth more than all the riches in the world? The beauty of this painting came to life through an email you sent describing her and when I laid eyes on her she spoke to me and said its time to come home. Someday Ashley will cherish this painting as something that was so valuable to her mother. Thank you Theresa, from the bottom of my soul.
You are more than welcome! Your friendship means the world to me and I am so ecstatic that the serendipity surrounding the creation of this painting led her back to you. Perhaps she can somehow convey my gratitude for all you have been in my life. <3