There are so many ways to work your way into a painting . I try to hold my original impression as long as I can , but something better usually shows itself .

In this case , this simple image of a young woman zipping up her dress

became an image of a young woman turning away from the light - a more evocative idea .

I began with a drawing , tried to keep it loose with washes , and then added the colors and some thicker paint , to make it solid , and real .

One way to do it