This is a living history interpreter in Williamsburg. (Photo reference courtesy of David O’Dell). She is a spinster, which is a person who spins yarn on a drop spindle or a spinning wheel. It is done on velour paper with big fat soft pastels. I get rather stressed when I cannot make fine details and make more of a likeness, but after it was all done and I hid the reference photo, I liked it. It is 10×12.
I refer to myself as a spinster, because I love to spin yarn on my lovely old Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. And, yes, I am married: for almost forty years, now. Thank you, very much. — Virginia C. McCoy