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Debra Keirce



20” x 23 1/2”

23 1/2” x 27” Framed

Oil on Panel

I posed my daughter and muse for this artwork. I propped her feet on some of my favorite art books, and the painting on the wall is a demo piece that my good friend, master portrait artist Tina Garrett painted at my home during a workshop she was teaching here. 

All these references to my own art journey are because Whistler’s famous painting was actually an art study he was doing. He was exploring the massing of values, and his painting was a study of the black, grey, and light shapes in his composition. Whistler painted his shapes flat, without much definition. I couldn’t resist though, and I added some detail in the folds. Fabric is one of my favorite subjects to paint. I balanced this detail by omitting the pattern on the draperies. Whistler's model didn’t show up the day he painted his piece, so he posed his mother instead. I have often used my daughter in place of a missing in action model I hired.

INspired by:

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1

James McNeill Whistler

Oil on Canvas, 1871    Musée d'Orsay

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