I had purchased this BEAUTIFUL and bold patterned fabric during the day, hoping to incorporate it into one of our longer poses. This is as far as I got in front of the model. I was a little frustrated with the speed at which my paint was drying! I was re-filling my palette and re-mixing colors more than I was actually applying paint to the surface.
But! It was a good enough start to establish the major composition, sense of light, and colors.
Home in my studio, and working from a reference photo, I softened some of the shadows on the back, and defined the area under her backside. I defined the beautiful patterned shapes, warmth and cool shadows in the fabric as well. This was very challenging, but truly defines the painting. Had it been a plain fabric, there would not be enough interest in the bottom half of the painting.
Towards the end, I softened the background and added a few shapes at the bottom - the footstool and the drapery on the floor - to help define the space. I think it's 95% done...I'd hate to say it's finished...I haven't looked at it long enough yet!