The reference for this piece was a cell phone photo that a friend took of Margie at the beach. Margie felt it was a good likeness and decided to paint her own self-portrait from it. Here she uses watercolor to great effect to capture the variations in land, sky and sea as well as the light and folds on her clothing and skin. She does some experimenting with texture in the bottom left corner that gives the impression of proximity.
Original is watercolor on watercolor paper