The following layers of paint were slowly added to build up the background and clothing. I worked from dark to light tones, to add a sense of depth like one sees on still, tree-shaded, pond.
Even though I use a fairly quick-drying medium mixed in with my oil colors, I have to wait on average two days between paint layers. This makes the painting process seem to drag on for ages, but on the plus side I get time to scrutinize the painting and plan my next moves.
Some shapes I took directly from the reference photographs, but mostly they are interpretations of photographic imperfections, light reflections, dust motes, blur or shadow or just fanciful creations powered by my (seeming) obsession with elliptical forms.
The hues and tones in the face and hands are taken from what I observed while those in the environment are only loosely based on observation. (The vague yellowish-ness of the painting in these photographs is due to the incandescent lighting in my studio and iPhone camera).