40" x 30", oil on canvas, 2008, private collection
This is the colour-and-style test companion to the previous painting.
This time it's based on a picture from a photo shoot of Ashley in which I dressed her up in Carmen's dress from the opera of the same name. I was briefly working as an opera costumer and had access to many great period costumes, but didn't really have many opportunities to co-ordinate models to play dress-up for my camera.
Again, the shadows are interesting, especially in the skirt part with those amazing folds, and I like the way the fan is hiding her face, but it's just nowhere near as dramatic as the colour version from this shoot (or even the one B&W ink painting), but it's still nice and moody.