Day 21~ Quiet Reflection

quiet reflection copy8″ x 8″ oil on gessoed panel


I thought I would tell a little story about how this painting evolved to whomever is interested in these kinds of things. 🙂

I was very inspired by one of the artists who is painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days. She is taking an old painting of a favorite artist of hers and on the first day copying a portion of the painting, and then on the second day using the colors to make an abstract painting. I started to think about this in the middle of the night as I frequently do…lie awake and think… and I decided to take one of my favorite paintings and try her method. Well, it didn’t work out that way at all. Here is the painting…

John Eastman (American Painter, fl 1842-1880) Gatheing LiliesJohn Eastman (American Artist 1842-1880) Gathering Lilies

I started the painting in my usual way of just putting a wash on the board and vaguely outlining what I was going to paint. In my mind I was not going to copy this painting, but mainly copy the shapes.


This is what I roughly sketched out. Do you see what I see?  A woman with her hair flowing back and to the side… I thought I should go with this and not do my original plan.

When this dried I began to work with the figure and fill in the background…


She even had a bit of a face at this point.

The background was something that I used from a photo I had saved of my daughter…


She has been a model for a lot of my paintings.

So then I was totally immersed in painting and didn’t take any more pictures until it was finished. And it ended up being not at all what I had set out to do.

And the face…what happened to the face you are probably wondering, if you got this far in reading?

It takes me hours to paint a face, maybe even days…Not something I can do in one painting a day…but there is something I love about these faceless paintings.

So there you have it.  Quiet Reflections…

quiet reflection copy


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