The actual Portrait month is over – I still have this and one more image to show.
With this painting everything went wrong: The model didn’t show up, so we started late and a fellow artist had to pose (thanks Mieneke :)). Then the background was a cloth over a door – so it changed every time someone walked in or out. Two people dropped water/turpentine on the floor … and when I was done, I dropped the image on the palette, leaving big blobs of color on it.
Somehow though – the picture survived (just had to repaint the background and hair) – and: it’s one of the rare cases where I’m really happy with how it turned out.