Dark Symphony, pastel pencil on 18 X 24″ sanded board

Tribute to James Whistler, whose most famous/notorious painting is usually called “Symphony in White” or “White Girl.”

But besides a tribute, it is also my attempt to portray the greater power of self-definition of a contemporary young woman.

Model Liz’s style, assurance, and activist role in the creation of this painting mean some progress. (Though not nearly enough, says this old veteran of the feminist wars, me.)

The face of the female artist, caught in the wall mirror is meant to upend the usual monopoly of “gaze” as male-only. And a closer look at the face of the model shows more of what pastel pencil can do!