Smoking Lady

smoking lady30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 1999      (SOLD)

“Smoking Lady” was inspired by a friend`s nightmare. One of my friends told me they had a nightmare one night, they said they dreamt there was a hand inside their mouth. I thought, “That`s kinda weird, it would make a great painting though.” So I drew some studies of it, this is actually the second version of “Smoking Lady”, I actually painted a version  before this one. I added the cigarette to make it more interesting, in another study the hand is holding a wine glass. This was also inspired by cigarette ads, the kind where u see a beautiful woman smoking, like smoking was beautiful. Smoking has always been a bad habit of mine, I`m actually hoping to quit soon. One of my old highschool teachers calls this painting “Second hand smoke” which would make a great title too. It`s also erotic in it`s own weird way, some have considered it to be a sneaky display of oral sex. – Riel Benn (click on image to view larger version)