I'd like to share the experience with you by guiding you through a reading the painting with images graciously provided by Linda Cordair.
Below are a few questions to help you understand what kind of moment this girl is experiencing--a moment that I hope you will be able to relate to easily. I hope you enjoy this painting by Bryan Larsen as much as I did!
Where is this scene taking place?
A museum? A home?
(*Remember, in answering each of the questions, be sure to ask yourself the follow-up question, "How do I know that?")
Is the sculpture still being worked on?
Has it been finished? If so, how long has it been?
(*Each general question is followed by helpful follow-up questions or suggestions.)
Who is this girl?
The artist? The patron? The model?
How are the girl in the sculpture and the real girl different?
Immersion: Imagine being able to move around the room to the other side of the sculpture and looking at it: what would you see? How does this view enhance the difference?
Clue: Along with the difference in attire, take a close look at body language.
Immersion: Take the pose of each figure. How do they feel different to you?
What moment is the model experiencing?
Is this her first glimpse of the completed statue? Is this a public viewing?
How is she responding to seeing herself?
Is she disappointed?
Immersion: Quote her. Imagine what she could be thinking to herself.
How can you relate to what the young model is experiencing?
Can you think of a time when you've seen yourself in a way you are not used to--in a way that brings out qualities you don't often get a chance to notice about yourself.
I hope you enjoyed your guided reading, and please feel free to jot some thoughts, feelings, and observations down in the comments section. I will post my own reading soon!