Thais-Almost there!
 Here is Thais, as she is now. Her hand and her tunic are certainly improved. My problem now is that this portrait is missing something. ??? 

 It's nothing jewelry couldn't fix- the problem is that Thais gave up all of her worldly possessions before she went to the convent/desert. I think I will simply have to fall back on the theme of this series-I am portraying the essence of each lady, not merely a scene from the opera.

Excellent! Now it is clear in my head, and soon to be on my canvas!