Here's a video slide show of my new painting, it's 33x32, and oil on canvas over panel. The video includes close-ups and the work in progress. If you have a fast Internet connection check out the HD version just for fun.
This photo reference sat around in my studio for about two years, it was a favorite photo of my daughter. I loved her expression but wasn't sure what to do with the background. The composition gradually evolved with the idea of a circus poster, something about a tiger, and a storm approaching.
Finally it came to me while watching Carnivale, the made for HBO series, that the poster should be on a canvas behind her. Isn't it interesting how we find inspiration in images, words and music from other media?
I originally took this photo when my daughter was in a vaudeville type show at a local theater, this was her costume. I had a difficult time choosing a title for this piece but when I discovered the meaning of the word "Vaudeville" it's french meaning "Voice of the City" somehow that clicked and she became "Voice of the Tiger".
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