"Beauty in the Garden", 9x12, oil on linen
I painted this young lady quite a while back, but I had it in my mind to go back to her one day and fix a color temperature problem in her dress. Last night I finally took the painting out and fixed the problem. (I had put two warms next to each other, where her arm met her dress.) Although I saw a few other things that I felt could be improved upon, I decided to let her be. She has a tranquil beauty and serenity that is rather mesmerizing, and that is one of the reasons I have been reluctant to sell her. She was inspired by a painting by an old master of a young girl in a garden that I found in a book about paintings of roses.
Even though this painting has had some color temperature problems, it has been in quite a few exhibits, including the 145th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, in Philadelphia, Pa., sponsored by the Philadelphia Sketch Club. I'm sure this girl with the red sash will see other exhibits as well.
I am hoping that now that summer is over, I'll have some new opportunities to do some portrait painting from life soon.
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