Illustration Friday: Exotic

A little gouache painting of Thumbelina while watching a Gary Cooper movie with my father. I am painting more lately, and can feel myself getting a bit more comfortable with it, although I’m still very much exploring it. I love the finished effect of gouache, however.

You should be able to see a larger version of her by clicking on the picture to go through to the Flickr page.

Of course, as soon as I finished the painting I told my father what the topic was and he reminded me of the story I should have painted, in which he and another officer both brought home American nurses (one of which was my mother), who their commanding officer insisted on referring to as “those exotic foreign women.”