Susan was such a lovely lady to paint. I had her all to myself tonight, I’m not really sure where the rest of the ladies were. At first I had Susan leave her clothes on while I painted her mainly because I loved her dress but also because it was just me and her and its a little weird asking a stranger to take her clothes off. This was her first time and it’s probably nice to ease into it. I hated this first painting until I put the nose in and for some reason that brought it together.
Finally she sat for this long pose. Maybe someday I’ll learn to take better photos, the light really washed out the upper half. I really love this painting and this pose. Lisa sat like this last week, I think I’m going to recreate this pose a few more times with other models and see how I can assemble something interesting with them. We had some really nice conversations about our families, the military and Philadelphia. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night than painting and talking.