acrylic on wood panel
When I painted Jade back in 2013, I used an image of Whistler's Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter as my guide for color. However, as you can see when comparing the image below I didn't stick to the plan as my painting is far more green. The image of the girl is a loose rendering from a photo of my aunt at the age of 14. I was not trying to capture my aunt, I just wanted her pose and Whistler's colors, but in the end it did seem to capture her somewhat.
|Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter|
James McNeill Whistler
scanned image from Whistler by Frances Spalding
I almost sold my painting, but after having it around for a while decided it was best to keep it. There was just something too special about it for me. It now hangs in the entryway of our house along with a vintage find and an old photo of my grandparents and other Missouri mining workers and wives in 1930. My aunt was the one who gave me that photo years ago and I had it professionally framed for my mother who kept it until she passed away last July. Our new-to-us old house was also built in 1930 which adds to the meaning of this old picture.
|The images that greet you at our house|
My grandparents are the couple on the left, and the couple on the right are my great aunt and uncle I am told, though I never met them.
|The inspiration for Jade|
AKA Mary Imogene
Wasn't she a pretty girl?