Gibson Girl

I like the Gibson Girl art style of Charles Dana Gibson, but thought it should be brought into the 21st century. Modern women look somewhat different than those at the turn of the last century: instead of corsets, ribbon and lace, it’s backpacks, velcro and spandex.

I hope this is the first of many such paintings. I’m inspired by many women — like my daughters — that are self assured, confident, competent, bold and totally integrated into the futuristic society we live in. When I get good enough, I might even ask some of them to pose for me, instead of serepticiously snapping a picture at a bus stop like this one.

It has been a while since I did an art, so of course I forgot everything I had learned. In hindsight I should have done “wet in wet” for the black areas and done more hatching for shadows. It is what it is.

Data Description
Title Gibson Girl
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour and ink on cartridge paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 29.7 × 41
Date 2024

watercolour and ink of a 21st century Gibson Girl



A Canadian electrical engineer living in Switzerland, developing software for over 40 years, e.g. big data for electric distribution utilities and the cloud security space, but now retired.

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