I reworked the nose/mouth alignment at least five times. I started out trying to give her a double chin, but couldn't render it. (note: examine more closely my own chin for help) The last image I warmed up in Picasa. The ear on the left needs to be darker and the highlights in the eyes do not satisfy me but I am mostly content with the shading.
I posted this study on my blog before, I think. It is loosely inspired by the novel Sula by Toni Morrison and the title is We Were Girls Together. It was painted, quilted and mounted on a wood frame. The finished size was around 18"x12". I did another outline for what will be a larger quilt which is what you see above the quilt. Not sure if I will drawn the image again directly on cloth or clean this outline up and use a projector to get the image on cloth. I will paint it but the background will be partially pieced like a traditional quilt.
This morning while I was gulping, (sip, me, really??) my coffee and eating an orange I recalled me telling my granddaughter when she was a year younger, (she is 5 now) that an apple tree was going to grow in her stomach because she had swallowed a seed. She immediately teared up and was building up to hysterics and I had to convince her that I was kiddling....she was uncertain and looked at me like "why would my Nana play about a thing like that". When I was young and was told the same about swallowing orange seeds I thought it would be fun to have a tree growing in my stomach and kept eating them. That is the kind of family I come from where Grandparents and Uncles convince a child that it is really possible to grow trees in your stomach by eating the seeds of fruit.