Pause watercolors 12x9"
Taking liberties with color and composition is what I aimed for in this painting. I had taken a photograph many years ago at Colonial Williamsburg of a costumed interpreter taking a break. As soon as I asked permission to take her photograph, she straightened up and posed in a stiff stance.
This past week I played around. I changed and simplified the background colors. I managed to give her back the look I had wanted to capture on that particular day. I observed a few ladies carrying babies on their hips and chatting - that helped me to paint her this way. I was pleased to be able to make the changes and complete the painting. When I straddle between realistic and conjured depictions, I feel a different sense of accomplishment as I finish the painting.