This was the last pose of the evening. I only paint vertically, so a reclining pose is an interesting challenge. I decided to paint the face with some care and also had some fun inventing a colorful foreground pattern, and didn't worry about attempting the difficult and subtle description of the torso, leaving that in pencil only. In the preceding painting I did a similar thing, choosing to fully paint only part of the subject rather than hurriedly block in the entire figure.
I like these 20 min. poses for this reason; if I had an hour to do each pose I'd be inclined to try to render the entire figure and would often as not overwork it. With only 20 minutes you have to make a fast decision and get right at it and I enjoy the risk and spontaneity. Mar.3 2009 SF