The Lady of Shalott
Oil on board, 60x60cm.
For the main reference image used, I am indebted to Melancholy Mannequin on deviantArt. I thought her look particularly lent itself to Alfred Lord Tennyson's fay protagonist in the poem 'The Lady of Shalott'.
I wanted to evoke the paintings of the preraphaelites, who were also drawn to the theme. I could imagine the reference model in a painting by John William Waterhouse, or Frank Cadogan Cowper, or Edwin Austin Abbey (who would have appreciated the red and gold).