Tones and Reflections, 100cm x 80cm, oil on linen, 2008

Esta oil on linen piano

This work was conceived about 2 years ago. My ever amazing model and friend Esta, has always wanted me to paint her. So one morning I went to sketch her at home and take pictures of her playing the the piano. After looking through all the pics the one that struck me most was the one that didn't actually show her expression but revealed it in her reflection in the mirror above the piano she was playing. I have know Esta for almost 10 years, so painting her was no difficulty but the keys and tones on the piano were a nightmare. But I think after 2 years of thinking, planning, delaying, postponing - I can now breathe some relief of it being finished. not sure really................might revisit!

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