This is a small sketch for a larger/finished piece that has been in the making for years now. My wife, Jen, happens to be a huge fan of all things fashion/design of the 30's, 40's, & 50's. This little hat she bought some time ago at, I believe, an antiques fair and we have talked about doing a portrait of her in it from the time she bought it. I even have made one or two attempts that seemed to fallen a bit short. Now that we have Maddie, space in our house is at a premium and Jen's decided to donate this wonderful little time piece so that another artist can find it and inspiration at the same time. So we thought I should take one more swing at the flapper fence before we let her go. So here they (they being the hat and my lovely wife Jen) are. To the actual painting: the handling of this, especially it being a portrait, is much much heavier than I usually work. I had a Sargent book on a table by my easel and (not saying that I am comparable to Sargent or even in the same solar system but...) maybe a little bit of "Fumee d'Ambre Gris" (see Sargent painting **** MY FAVORITE****) wafted over my way and caused the paint to load up.