Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Try a Little Tenderness

For this portrait, I wanted to capture the vulnerability of a woman in love, the sweetness and femininity. Doesn't my subject look as if she were about to speak? 
Her hand, moving towards her lips...not sure what to say?
 She seems thoughtful and perhaps a bit sad. 
What she needs is assurance and some tender loving care. 

With props to Otis Redding:
Oh, she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, 
But when she gets weary,
Try a little tenderness

You know she's waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she'll never, never, never, never possess,
But while she's there waiting, without them,
Try a little tenderness

It's not just sentimental, no,
She has her grief and care,
But the soft words, they are spoken so gentle,
It makes it easier, easier to bear

You won't regret it,
Some girls they don't forget it
Love is their only happiness,
But it's all so easy
All you gotta do is try, try a little tenderness
All you gotta do is, man, hold her where you want her

Squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave her
Get to her, try, try,
Just try a little tenderness
You got to know how to love her, man, you'll be surprised, man,
You've got to squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave her
You've got to hold her and rub her softly,
Try a little tenderness and watch her groove,
You've gotta to know what to do, man,
Take this advice...

Try a Little Tenderness
I used white paper with lavender and purple designs for the majority of the face, irridescent tissues for highlight, and my usual - junk mail paper source - for the rest.  
I hate to pick out frames. I always pick out the wrong ones, so I found a creative framer who can come up with interesting combinations of color and texture.
who put this unusual composition in a silver wood frame, and then in a seafoam textured frame.
It's amazing.
Here's my "gallery on the go" at an art festival in Virginia last year.

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