The question inevitably arises: is this painting all it can be? In the midst of an overhaul of overhead lighting and a myriad of life complications for me and the model Annie Jefferson, the answer seems to be yes. Fitting that we also came to the conclusion of the Audible recording of Edith Wharton’s ‘House of Mirth,’ feeling anything but mirthful. Amid other studio clutter is the small study and larger charcoal drawing, for which Annie sat with leg bent back uncomplaining for hours and weeks–now at end.