Today, sweet darling Anna posed for me. She relaxed and read a book while I painted. Having never hired an artist model before, in my humble opinion, Anna was the consummate professional.
Every now and then, she would giggle and read aloud a passage from the book that tickled her. It was cute, because often, the giggle was just when the paintbrush was poised just so, and I was adjusting the mouth, or the shadow under her nose, or something.
When posing, she was wearing a different top.
One of my grander plans is to start painting a portrait series of friends, neighbors, and quite possibly strangers. If anyone wants to volunteer an afternoon being still and quiet, and have your portrait painted, please either e-mail me or leave a comment. We can then coordinate our schedules.