This painting was from a photograph I took in a workshop with Gladys Roldan de Moras. We worked on a pose (picture below) for a day but during the model breaks, Carla would roll onto her back, shut her eyes and rest. I asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.
The blanket was her family heirloom and was just gorgeous. The embroidery on it was delightfully complex. I repainted it several times trying to get the tones right. Definitely needed a photograph to keep me on track.
Carla was actually reading the book during the class pose which is why her resting pose struck me as poignant. When I read a book that affects me, I do that to... hug it to my chest, close my eyes and savior the words.