The August Strong Women of Opera portrait was of Tchaikovsky’s blind princess, Iolanta. Iolanta is young, innocent and beautiful. She is completely unaware of her condition, and when she meets the knight Vaudemont, she reveals it by twice handing him a white rose when he asks her for a red rose.
Iolanta was one of the easiest portraits to paint in this series. She was completed in about three sittings over less than a week. The background and position were quite straight-forward. My main focus was on her eyes. I wanted them to be lovely.
I loved painting white on white!
The tiny flowers were the perfect complement to her gown!
I considered adding multiple red and white roses scattered on the ground and her skirt, but I was afraid they would be too distracting.
Here is the final portrait! I had a truly wonderful time painting Iolanta:)