05/14/2013 11:11 am ET

Daniel Maidman on the ImageBlog

Blue Leah #4, oil on canvas, 24"x36", 2011, previously shown in the solo show "Blue Leah," Dacia Gallery, New York

In this fourth in the minimalist "Blue Leah" series, I did something I can rarely stand to do - turned the model away from the viewer. Her posture, and our desire to see her face, animate the painting for me.