Finally allowed to post this, yay!
Be sure to click her name above to read about just how amazing Bessie was - so much more than I have space to say here! Painting her was an honor.
BY THE WAY~
Even though the physical show isn’t yet open, Light Grey Art Lab has already created an online store for individual prints of all the artwork in the show as well as the book containing all 100+ pieces, and prints of my piece are available HERE! Also, if you spend over $100 on anything in the whole gallery store (not hard to do, with so much awesome art to choose from) before Dec. 7, you get a GIRLS book free! Pretty spiffy.
ALSO ALSO: if anyone is interested, the ~original~ 8x10 watercolor painting is still in my grubby little hands, but I would very much welcome inquiries from anyone hankering to own it, at firstname.lastname@example.org.