22 3/4" x 22 3/4", watercolour, 2000, private collection
The scene for this painting is the lobby of the Tides Hotel which can be seen from the outside in Lobby. The composition of model and background was done the same way as the previous painting (and others). I can't explain the view outside the windows, though; I think my photo blew out the windows, making them all white with no view of anything except for the bush just outside. Or something.
The book she's reading is Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I chose that book as I was reading it at the time of the photo shoot with Aisha and, not only was it handy, I was enjoying it quite a bit. I also like the way it looks without its dust jacket showing off the blue binding and white covers.