The ecstasy of S. Kira

"The ecstasy of S. Kira"
oil on canvas, 30x40 cm
Is a portrait of my beautiful cousin. I was inspired by masters of inspired by late Medieval ages and early Renaissance. I used a dead colours to my underpainting and slowly build up layers of a life to the model. You can see how the life is slowly getting in. This effect is surprising me as well.
“His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg.”

Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling