Shakrah and I had our second sitting for the new portrait the day before I was in a bus crash.
It was very lucky timing, as we had also scheduled with amazing portrait photographer Mirella Frangella.
Mirella is a career photographer whose personal work focuses on intimate character studies.
My friend Miss Natasha Enquist met her when Mirella’s photos of gauchos in South America were exhibited at The Ballery.
Mirella did a shoot with Miss Natasha, and was looking for other artists to photograph. Natasha suggested me!
Mirella came to the house and photographed me in fancy clothes the week before last.
She wanted to do another session, while I was actually working, so we set up a time with Shakrah, who I had recently started a second portrait of.
I love Mirella’s work and her way of using available light and her handheld flash to capture a close and realistic view of her subject.
We were so relaxed and comfortable with her presence as she worked.
During the sitting, at one point Shakrah was lounging elegantly on my boudoir chair while Mirella shot some close-ups of me.
I looked up and saw her and I yelled, “THAT is the look!” and grabbed my brush to make superfast big changes to the painting.
I changed her pose from standing to sitting in about ten minutes!
As you can see, I changed the painting quite a lot. I don’t often make such big changes between the first and second sittings, unless some new aspect of my model just captivates me. Or I accidentally painted my model standing on the wrong leg, like in this portrait of my beloved Friend-Muse-Patron Ramon!)
Somehow I feel like you have more of a sense of Shakrah as a singer in the new version even though I haven’t painted the mike in yet, like she’s pausing by your table in the cabaret.
You can hear Shakrah singing vintage jazz here and see Mirella Frangella‘s beautiful portraits here.
We had such a lovely time working together with Mirella, it was amazing. Once my hand is healed enough for the cast to come off Shakrah and I will reconvene and finish the painting!
You can see our first sitting here and the previous portrait Shakrah and I did together here. Thanks so, so much to my beautiful Patrons on Patreon for providing the monthly sponsorship that allows me to tell women’s stories and collaborate with women artists!