I have spent most of the day painting the first layer of colour and rendering of the fabric. Pthalo blue and white into a pthalo blue glaze. Once this layer is dry I will glaze again and add the highlights to stop it looking so electrified. Not sure how I will handle the flesh... perhaps I will have a look up Vermeer's sleeve.
After a bit of a break I can feel things coming back to me. ACE!