My eighth Strong Women of Opera portrait is of Lakmé, the young and beautiful Hindu priestess in Delibes’s opera by the same name.
I was initially impressed by this beginning…then I realized that the upper and lower halves of her face were on two different scales! Alas!
–I’ve begun sketching my figures in pencil rather than paint. What a difference it makes!
I am thrilled with her smile, but her eyes are too small! Great foundations for her complexion.
The ideas are nice? Plus-good nose-ring! The blue of her sari is too opaque. I laid in a base coat for her dress of white, with just a hint of light yellow for brightness and covering.
Much improved-even despite the bad lighting of the photo! I modified her nose, eyes, and hand. Her skin tone is more even, and I not only lightened her sari, but painted streaks of the sunset colors in to lend it transparency.
I worked a lot on her jewelry. My mother actually had a set of earrings in a similar style, so I borrowed them, hung one on the branch of a plant by my easel in exactly the right angle, and I used it for reference!-True story!
The finished version! Blue lotus flowers and gold embroidery adorn her sari, the sunset is reflected in her dark eyes…I love Lakmé!