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This work is reminiscent of "society portraits" often found in art history books. It was based on an old black and white picture that I set aside 5 or 6 years ago with the intention to eventually paint it. Black and white makes my color imagination run wild. I could imagine it in an elaborate gilt frame in a room furnished with antiques. The old song "Alice Blue Gown" came to mind while painting this lady
oil paint with walnut medium, on stretched black primed canvas