Zoe, work in progress, 2014

Zoe, work in progress, 2014

I started this portrait several months ago. The subject has increased in stature since then, but the dress she wears was too big for her when I started so it might be a good thing (you can see how it hangs off her a bit in the painting). She was really a perfect sitter, and has been urging me to finish it – so I think she may actually be happy with it. This is no small thing, as she happens to be a very stern (and perceptive) critic. I think I may have even captured that part of her personality!

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Well, days later, and I have made some progress, although not finished yet.

Zoe, work in progress, 2014

Zoe, work in progress, 2014

My sitter admonished me when I suggested it was close to being finished, “It’s not finished yet, you have to paint the details — don’t be a lazy painter!” So the all important lace and pearl embellishment will be next.