I did not have her eyes to connect with and this lack of connection became a dilemma that I struggled with for some time to overcome. I’m glad I had so much of the painting already developed because it motivated me to keep going. I loved the blue tones of the dress and decided to make the dress blue rather than going to the deeper black
The struggle to paint her face was not enjoyable but it was growth. I hope struggle isn’t written all over her face (!)
At this stage I felt the earring and the lamp on the furniture were distractions.