Well, the first attempt was a dismal failure. Not only did my model have a really goofy and demented expression, but she looked as if she had been decapitated, and she also had a serious skin condition. The latter the result of an attempt to use an old canvas which has held many paintings and been gessoed many times and the sanding between layers apparently left a bit to be desired.
After fighting for days I finally gave up and decided she should be a plaster cast, rather than being a no-body. This way, I reasoned, if a blemish occurred it would be in the plaster and no fault of the painter. (I like to give myself a way out of these messes ahead of time, if possible.) Also, I could capitalize on the surface texture instead of fighting it to a stand off. So, with a few modifications, and a little more pigment she became plastered. In her condition I figured a compass might come in handy. I think she is finished, unless one of you can give suggestions to improve her.
By the way, I am really excited about showing Annie Bissett's Three Prophets in this exhibition. I hope any of you in the Portland/Vancouver area will come by in April and see what all the excitement is about! First Friday artwalks are from 5 - 8pm, but you can come any time during the month.