Scheherazade

Here’s a portrait of the same lovely model that readers of this blog are getting to recognize. It’s drawn from a smartphone picture of her that was taken while she was on her break. Her exotic looks are the inspiration for the title of this piece, named after the legendary queen and storyteller of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, who tricked a murderous sultan into keeping her alive by spinning cliff hangers, then refusing to finish the story until the following evening, after which  she would begin a new one. Wikipedia explains that after one thousand and one nights, the sultan was so impressed that he allowed her to live. Nice guy.

Watercolors on Arches paper

4 thoughts on “Scheherazade

  1. Hi Charlie -the portrait is quarter sheet, approximately 11 x 17, and the background is an imitation of an Arabic pattern. Sometimes a theme just hits me when I look at a subject; in this case it was her eyes.

    Thanks for your comment!

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