This new piece of work was built on the portrait I painted last week of a model wearing striped leggings, a short miniskirt, and a tank top. I posted her in the last blog entry so you would see just the beginning of an idea. As I painted, I began to see her as a past acrobat in a circus, or a clown, perhaps. All this week I couldn't shake this image in my head of how she kept returning to dreams of her past life. As I began to explore the idea, I realized how many artists had painted circus themes, some from reality, some from imagination. Then, they too, became part of the images floating in my head, It consumed me as I went about exploring imagery that might become a part of her imagined past. Below are some of the details I included in the painting. I loved the involvement with works of great Master's of the past, and I was driven by the need to incorporate them seamlessly into my own painting. SEE BELOW. Click on each to see them enlarged for detail.