I saw this woman in Rishikesh on my last trip to India earlier this year.She was one among many who flock the banks of river Ganga, seeking peace and hoping to find their spiritual identity in their twilight years.I always find inspiration in Rishikesh, among simple and free spirited people.
I spent about a week and a lot of effort on this portrait: using layer upon layer of pastel pencils to create smooth and life like skin textures. I do love loose and expressive paintings done by other pastel artists but somehow when it comes to painting portraits, fine detail is the way I choose to go! On that note, this painting was recently rejected by Federation of British Artists for their upcoming Pastel Painters exhibition. Oh well.May be its not what they are looking for!
Pastel on Pastel Mat 48x34 cm