Today was another great day at the portrait society in Reno. The society has been around for about 53 years and there is a wonderful group that paints each Wednesday. We currently meet at Nevada Fine Arts on S. Virginia St. Our model "acquisition" specialist has a real knack for arranging models. Today we painted Elizabeth in a period costume (1880s dress complete with bustle and long train) with jewelry and feather fan. This is a three-hour study in oil on a 16 X 20 piece of canvas, toned with a blue/gray. I normally paint just a bust of the model but today I wanted to include some of the custome. The model's hands are resting on a draped pedestal.