It was a portrait of a beautiful woman, and she was the daughter of this very focused man, William S. Gault. Bill Gault was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a respected illustrator and painter in Philadelphia during his long career.
I hesitated only briefly before agreeing to bring the painting to completion for Lynn and her husband Morris.
Lynn's father worked in oils and water color, as I do, and we shared the same approach to painting.
Here is one of his water colors.
But unlike him, I had access to good old Photoshop, to clean and blow up the image.
I always tell my students to begin with the obvious, which in this case was laying in the initial flesh tones. With oils you must consider "drying times," so I work all over the painting.
I'm often asked, "How do you know when a painting is finished?" My answer: "Same as knowing when a conversation is over; there's nothing left to say." Happily, my friends Lynn and Morris liked the finished portrait; a "collaboration" between Bill Gault, and Bill Ternay.