I'm in the home stretch now with the last of the Lincoln paintings for Union Pacific. I've shifted over to an almost nocturnal schedule in order to get these and many, many other things done.
So I am...awake.
The ring the model's wearing is based directly on a design by Toronto jewellery designer, Lisa Cinelli. We met during the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1998. I was only painting in watercolours at that time and had them on display and to my left was Lisa and her amazingly-designed jewellery. The model in the reference photo for this was already wearing a ring, but I decided to use one of Lisa's cool spiral motifs.
I liked this pose so much, I had Ashley strike a similar one and used it in Corona Solis (india).