Mary: Eve-as-Gran, charcoal sketch, 18 X 24″ paper

Another studio opportunity with this model yesterday has given me a more developed charcoal sketch. It is true to my intended size for the final painting, which is a big practical help in larger works. I discover that refining this sketch has stimulated my imagination about this woman’s beauty and character further, along mythological lines. Something about the attitude of an older Eve back in Eden. . .