I did several versions of this portrait of Martha, painting one over the next until finally this one felt right. The original idea was to do a "cartoon" kind of portrait. But I kept finding it difficult to loosen up and just let go, just let the brush and the color flow. Which surprised me since the drawing I was working from was actually very simple, very cartoon outline-like, and very close to this version. (I've included that drawing in the detail views.) Anyway, after struggling with this off and on for months and months, one morning I just grabbed the canvas and reworked it start to finish in one day. It's brushy and rough but it brings a smile every time I look at it - I think "Damn! That's not bad, that's Martha Jill!"
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