I encourage you to scroll down through the images below to see the development and progress on the painting of Mamie Gregory aka Madame Butterfly. An image is worth a thousand words....
Under painting the face.
Mamie begins to look out from the canvas.
The dress she is wearing in her photograph becomes inspiration for design elements in the painting.
Mamie's lizard basket motifs inspire more design elements.
Stylized image of a basket is added to the canvas.
Butterflies flitter onto the canvas.
How the painting looks this morning as I approach the easel.