Another aspect of the portraiture work, will be a series of "lover's eyes" and "lover's lips". Inspired by the Georgian jewellery tradition of eye miniatures (which are believed to have originated when George IV sent a woman he admired a token of his love, in the form of a painted miniature of his own eye. This was done to preserve his anonymity at Court). The work in progress shown here, is a set of luscious lips - inspired by Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring". Vermeer gave the girl peach coloured lips, but I have chosen to make my reinterpretation much bolder, by using a stunningly large silk embroidered chrysanthemum, which once belonged to a piano shawl and was gifted to my collection by the US artist Erin Endicott. The elliptical format references the brooch format of many 'lover's eye' miniatures. (you can see two other works I have on the go - on the right a new "lover's eye" and on the left, Max Beckman with Saxaphone).