This is my first use of a technique of rubbing gently lightly-laid strokes of carmine pastel for faint shadows on her fair skin in high light (left).

Model Meghan was so relaxed that she held her head on her hand for most of two hours without problems–a “natural” art model. I found her through a new community source, a time bank for exchanges of requests and offers that I joined only two weeks ago. Here it is new–but based on another doing well in Portland, Oregon.

The phrase “rare and radiant maiden” comes from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven”.