“Remember what is really important in your life and don’t loose sight of who you really are, stay focused but remember to relax and have fun.”
I added two layers of Rublev's lead white ground to this canvas, tinting the second layer gray, and applied it with a palette knife. It created a wonderful buttery surface to paint on, but the way I applied it left "lap" lines, which I didn't intend. I have known Maria and her parents since she was little, which always makes it special, and I have painted her portrait before, holding her cat. Couldn't help thinking about Sargent's beautiful painting of the Capri girl while painting this. I am learning to work faster, but still finding only four hours to be quite a challenge.