Just finished this pastel painting titled “Reverie”, which is part of my contemplation series. The subject for this portrait of a young woman is Katrina Sherwood, who had posed for me last year. I hope I did her justice, as she has the perfect look for a madonna painting.

This piece took me a long time to finish, which was my fault for not planning the drawing and finished image as I should have. I used a reference photo of Katrina, but had to pose for the drapery pose myself. Lots of revisions as I struggled with how best to portray the subject and make all of the elements work together.

The finished image is 9 x14 on Sennelier pastel paper. With a mat, it frames out to 18 x 24. Your feedback about my work is always welcome.