"Odalisque" by Xan Blackburn.  Gouache on panel
"Odalisque: The lovely Irene"
after Matisse
Gouache on panel
Xan Blackburn

Irene won a contest I held for "Best Odalisque" on Greytalk.  Out of many close contenders (the greyhound is a luxurious beast!), Irene took the field.  I had it in mind to take my inspiration from the painterly style of Matisse, which is a bit of a departure for me.  The gouache is eminently suited to this style, and I had a blast.

"Yellow Odalisque" by Matisse: my inspiration piece
Yellow Odalisque, by Matisse

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