This painting was inspired by a sculpture in a Botanical garden. I was taken by the life size figure and the pose. I was also curious about the creation of the scene. Did the pond come first or the sculpture? In any case I had to paint it.
I had to do a lot of simplifying of details. I wanted the background to recede somewhat so I blurred the detail and glazed and muted the color. I only highlighted a few of the closest leaves near the center of interest. The lightest lights were saved for the sculpture. I left the water rather dark and murky creating some mystery as to what she is gazing at.