Ashley wanted to smile when I was taking her portrait shots, but I told her not to, to think of a time when she flunked an exam. But then I said, "No, not that. You probably never flunked an exam or got a bad grade. (She's a PhD candidate in organic chemistry at U. of Florida.) Think of something bad in your life." The only good shot that I got was when she was biting her lip but had a great expression otherwise. That's the one I used for the painting. Her mouth is like ready to do something--smile or pout--but we cannot tell which it will be. When you look at the eyes, you sense the mouth is doing something, so you look down and see it's still undecided.
July 31st, 2022
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