18.75" x 18" oil on transparent gessoed linen
I prepared two linen covered stretchers last autumn and have been holding on to them for just the right thing and this was something I thought would be right for that natural colored linen surface. She was playing at Spanish Market and this pose reminded me of Picasso's Old Guitarist. The most difficult aspect was the gradation in skin tone from bright highlights to the shadowed areas, and also getting that neck gesture just right. Hope I nailed it!