20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
I worked on this painting from a live model for two three-hour sessions, and then
beat my head against the wall tweaked it for another whole day in the studio with a photo before calling it finished. I do not like working back into dry paintings - which I had to do on this one, since the model sessions were a week apart. I also do not like working from photos/memory, which I had to do in order to finish the head. Oh well. I was willing to suffer these discomforts because I liked what I was seeing emerge. If it weren't for those stripes, and the mirrored reflection I would have thrown up my hands and wiped it.
Becoming too attached to one lovely passage of a painting-in-progress can lead to over-preciousness, anxiety, and continued commitment to works that should be given up as lost causes. I hope to present this as an example of an attachment to several small details that made me persevere when otherwise I might have thrown in the towel prematurely.
And, for better or worse, this painting is finished now. Here's a progression: the first two images from the initial model session, and the second two from the following week.