I’ve been painting her daily for last so many days. I’m slow, I know. But I feel I’m learning something everyday. This is the first painting I feel which is going almost exactly as per plan. Her face is as planned. I’ve also got her fur coat quite alright. I don’t hate all her fingers. I’ve changed the background thrice and I’m happy with this last one. I’ll finish the major work by today or tomorrow and then only the finishing touches. Of course I’m no Vermeer or Titian but didn’t they spend years, and in the case of the latter decades with one painting? The good thing is that I learnt something with every brush stroke and sometimes the learning was too much too fast. I’m finally somewhat confident about using colour directly from the tube without watering it too much. In short I’m satisfied.