Working on Lady Red Jack

Between big projects, I like to work on smaller pieces that I can do quickly.  I was inspired to do another Red Jack after working on the Red Jack mask.  But this time, it had to be Lady Red Jack.  So she is going to be "September" in my series Faces of the Seasons.

Lady Red Jack in progress

My art has taken a turn.  I have found that I love to work from photos and then abstract them into more impressionistic pieces like impasto painters.  This summer, we visited the Mucha exhibit in Iowa.  Wow!  I wonder when that man ever had time to sleep.  He was so productive.  One thing I learned about him is that he photographed everything in sets first.  He got the model to pose in the gowns and so forth.  He painted from those photographs.

So I am trying this out with this piece.  First I needed a model.  Where was I going to get a woman to wear some leaves on her head?  You guessed it.  Me.  I bought some leaf garlands, twisted them into a headpiece and put it on. 

So Lady Red Jack is my first self-portrait.