My oil portrait of grand daughter Sophia was finished in May of 2013 after almost a year. Total time I worked on this painting was not a year because I set it aside for many months. This is not a usual thing for me to take so long a time to work on a portrait.
I teach part time at Meramec Community College and have access to art books in the campus library and because I teach I can keep a book all semester- and I kept a book on the art of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres for almost the entire semester. I studied reproductions of his paintings in this book and scanned the painting below which became an inspiration while painting Sophia’s portrait.