She was so fun to paint, but not in my usual way of creating. I didn't sketch any ideas for her before jumping in to painting. I was in my studio late one evening, freely quickly painting the background with no real intentions of working on a subject. The feel of the background was a bit like tropical island trees with a bit of grunge. I actually had some more free time so I decided to sketch the rough shape of her face and neck using a charcoal pencil.
Many people can't start a project unless they are able to finish it within a specific amount of time, usually the same day/night. I have really never been that way, I leave my projects all over my studio and work on them when I have time and when it feels right. With Pirate Girl... I could not stop. I finished her that evening! Well, almost 100% finished. She was finished, but I hadn't found words for her yet.
What was my Inner Pirate trying to say?
I asked friends and family what she seemed to be saying.... I looked through my saved quotes (I love quotes)... I just couldn't decide on something. All of the suggestions and quotes I found seemed close but not quite right. For a couple days, Pirate Girl sat in different places around my home so I could make sure she was really finished and also to hopefully figure out what was she saying to me.
I love the quote I finally found fromLouisa May Alcott. It spoke to me and seemed right for this Pirate Girl.