As I finished "Livia in Straw Hat" in two weeks, which was supposed to be a four-week pose, the teacher Danni Dawson suggested that I should paint the other model in the adjoining room. Excellent! This red-haired and bearded young model in a cool Havana hat reminded me of Vincent van Gogh the moment I saw him a few weeks ago, so I readily accepted the offer.
The head-and-shoulders portrait fell into place quickly, but it was the background that troubled me. In the end, I painted it in the hot, van Gogh-like colors, because that's how I felt about the model--a brooding artist himself.