Ode to Women #8 - Florence NIghtingale

 It's been a very busy week, so no time for posting, but I did fit in a bit of creative time, still trying to catch up with the challenge originally set by Olga Furman. I haven't managed a portrait every single day, but I did finish five pictures of inspiring women. Last week the theme was women artists, this week it was women nurses, from the 19th century through to the present day. I'm going to post them one at a time in chronological order. 

Here's the first one, working from a photograph of Florence Nightingale, who was a social reformer and statistician and is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. Before I retired, I worked as a Clinical Coder, and we regarded Florence Nightingale as a pioneer in the classification of diseases and operations and systematic collection of hospital data.

I started with a pencil sketch, which you can still see on the left hand side and then added Pan Pastels towards the right of the picture. I'm really enjoying playing with these pastels and I liked using them this way to break up the edges and bring her to life a bit, but I need to get braver with it!


Rushd Lady said…
This one is good too!