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This is one of those paintings which I had worked on a year ago (see blog entry June 8, 2014). I felt it was boring and just really sucked (I thought) so it sat in my pile of not-done paintings. Last night I went at it anew with oil pastels and mineral spirits. Then I attacked the canvas with different palette knives. Now I'm okay with it --- now the painting tells a story.

 

She's a strong woman, calm, surrounded by events she cannot control. Yet, she is determined, able to shrug things off and carry on. Things will get better. She's sure of it.

 

Woman in Transition.  30 X 30 X 1.5 inches on a gallery canvas. Oil pastels on acrylic and pumice. May 2015.