Description: Annie Blooming, oil on canvas, 24x30 inches (sold)
A simmering sensuality...
My daughter has been posing for me since she was a child and so she is a natural by now. She was just over 18 when we worked on this painting and much to my surprise she consented to pose nude for me. I think that’s a testament to her vibrant personality and self-confidence.
I had a very specific idea for what pose I wanted, but as sometimes happens, the model does something that’s so much better and more natural than what I had in mind. So when she paused to pull her long hair away from her face, magic happened. From that moment on, the painting took on a life of it’s own.
The pose and atmosphere express a young woman coming of age. While she is still part teenager, she is mostly a woman. I called the painting Annie Blooming because the shape of the duvet across her lap reminds me of a blooming flower.
Her open legs do not reveal any secrets, but there is the hint of a simmering sensuality. The chain bracelet she is wearing and in its placement slightly in front of her legs is an allusion to chastity.
The basket beside the couch has a pattern woven into it that is reminiscent of an animal print. This is symbolic of our primal selves or wilder nature and it is placed off to the side, where it is in easy reach but not in use.
A certain amount of tension can be seen in her body as well. While her face tells us that she is contemplating something, her feet seem to be ready for action.
Annie Blooming is available though The Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art in New Hope, PA.