The only thing I managed to colour during Jenny's workshop, that should tell you how long it took me.
Anyway, this lady certainly had benefit from Jenny's and my fellow attendants' advice!
By the way, to those people who saw the original painting: does the scan look less contrastive (in case you can still remember…) than the original?
My not-calibrated screen doesn't make it easier to judge on that.
And no, that's not an angel – that's Fama, the personification of fame. Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's House of Fame, even though I didn't stay 100% true to his description of Fama.
Just for those people who are interested in this wonderful poem, let me quote the passage, feel free to compare what I changed… Yes, it’s Middle English, but easy Middle English!
"But al on hye, above a dees,
Sitte in a see imperiall,
That mad was of a rubee all,
Which that a carbuncle ys called,
Y saugh, perpetually installed,
A femynyne creature,
That never formed by Nature
nas such another thing yseye.
For alther-first, soth in whyle she
Hir tho so wonderliche streighte
That with hir fet she erthe reighte,
And with hir hed she touched hevene,
Ther as shynen sterres sevene,
And therto eke, as to my wit,
I saugh a gretter wonder yit,
Upon her eyen to beholde;
But certeyn y hem never tolde,
For as feele eyen hadde she
As fetheres upon foules be,
Or weren on the bestes foure
That Goddis trone gunne honoure,
As John writ in th’Apocalips.
Hir heer, that oundy was and crips,
As burned gold hyt shoon to see;
And soth to tellen, also she
Had also fele upstondyng eres
And tonges, as on bestes heres;
And on hir fet woxen saugh Y
Partriches wynges redely."
–The House of Fame, 1360-1392
100% watercolour of course!