Friday, 23 May 2008
I've always loved this portrait so was delighted to find it produced as a stamp by Chapel Road Artstamps. When TMTA set their weekly challenge on the theme of "Women in Art" it was a great opportunity to use the stamp for the first time. I've given it a relatively simple treatment so as not to distract attention from that serene face - I stamped it onto white card then watercoloured and cut it out to mount on the background. I used watercolour shading to make the face stand out. The famous pearl earring gets a bit lost somehow, so I gave her a gold one instead! I enjoyed working on this - something of her serenity seemed to transfer itself to me in the process - never a bad thing!!