Oil on Linen
30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 Inches
I love the simplicity of this overall portrait. I often wondered what is it about a certain person that makes me want to paint them. Maybe it’s the lighting or the colors, or perhaps it is the composition or the setting. Sometimes yes, but actually I think it’s mainly the person’s expression. There is usually something I can see in someone’s eyes. It’s just something that resonates with me. Something that draws me in, enough to make me want to spend hours looking into the same pair of eyes until a painting is complete and even afterward, without ever growing tired of the same stare.
Maybe in this painting, that something is her tender-hearted gaze. I feel like it’s almost sympathetic towards the viewer, with a kind of meekness. I love this definition by Matthew Henry; “…meekness is to enable us to govern our own anger when at any time we are provoked, and patiently bear out the anger of others that it may not be provocation to us.” Meekness is consistency and a steady composure in spirit and frame of mind, reflecting the consistent stability of our Lord, who is the same yesterday today and forever.
~ 1 Peter 3:3-6 ~
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment… Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight…”