I’m now working on another portrait: a generous friend who doesn’t seem to mind standing under a spotlight in the corner of my lounge-room, listening to my ten year old at trumpet practice. Somehow she still looks serene.
Observant readers may notice the removal of glasses between versions! I liked the glasses but they had such an impact on the final mood of the painting I decided to paint them out. Perhaps one day I’ll paint Clare with glasses for a different sort of portrait.