Well, just a bit more of the background added and the head-dress thing has been touched up a bit.
One of the things I noticed early on with Waterhouse’s paintings is how everything kind of blurs into one another. There is no real definite lines as such and I find this hard to replicate. I’m reading a book called J W Waterhouse at the moment (highly recommended) by Peter Trippi and he makes mention of it also. He suggests that Waterhouse found this technique in the work of a French artist called Jules Bastien-Lepage and achieved that blurring of the edge with a ‘sqaure’ brush. Not exactly sure what a ‘square’ brush is but I shall find out. I think that blurring is wonderful and compliments Waterhouse’s rendering of mythological subjects where there is always (for me, anyway) a blurring of what is real and what is not. I think myths have some basis in fact and it would be the minority that would be pure fantasy.