I started this painting last year during one of the live model sessions at the Gertrude School with the Yosemite Western Artists. At the time, I was simply striving for a likeness of the model.
For months it sat stacked with my other unfinished work. Many times I thought about throwing it out. But the start was promising and it was spared. (I searched for a photo of the start but could not find one.)
Last month, I decided I would finish the portrait. Instead of focusing on a likeness, I decided to paint a state of being. For this painting I chose “Acceptance”.
Something really cool happened along the way. The feeling of the painting went beyond acceptance and turned in to gratitude.
Makes me smile really big.