The mind journey from the quotation to the painting?
Well, I went from "she put it on like a costume" to thinking "she put it on like a mask". From there I just started painting masked faces.
Here is the excerpt:
My mother was not impressed with her beauty,
Every year she put it on like a costume,
Sitting on a stool in front of a mirror.....
From: Christmas Eve My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte