Like many of you, I too have been wondering just who is the lady is in the Saudade painting. Some of my readers have speculated that it was the lady he loved, who was married to his cousin, and ultimately the reason Junior’s jealous cousin murdered him in front of the Hotel Central in Piracicaba. It is said that many of the women in Junior’s paintings had similar characteristics of the lady he loved, named Maria Laura do Amaral Gurgel. I suppose it adds to the mystery surrounding this painting, but it’s actually more interesting to just imagine who it is, and what exactly is written in the letter she’s reading, which seems to have made her very emotional. Perhaps they’re tears of sadness or maybe they’re tears of joy brought about by remembering wonderful memories from the past. Whatever the case may be, I find myself occasionally pondering the possibilities while painting it.
In last week’s post, the differences between the steps were much more obvious, starting with the sketch, and then laying in basic washes. This week the changes are much more subtle since it’s getting down to multiple layering of transparent washes to build up the rich warm colors, especially in the shadow areas, and painting in the details.
I’m also starting to paint on her hair and arms, and am working on the face in stages while taking breaks to work on other less detailed areas, before painting on the face again. I’m also building up the texture in the bricks, floor tiles, and stucco. Her skirt has been darkened slowly by washes, and folds and details in her shirt painted in. This next week, numerous hours will be spent painting more details, with the face and the wee tears to be painted on her nose being the most challenging part I’m sure!
~ See our miniature paintings this week ~
Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
15th Masterpieces in Miniature May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time.
Want to enjoy your own special miniature painting?
Until Next Time . . .