There is similarity to the original design of Nagel's piece for Park South Gallery which had a woman with a flower in her hair very much like this with a bit more of Billie Holiday thrown in. (It also had a flying keyboard, so it probably was not too terrible it did not become the final poster.)
I think the flower is a daffodil and the bird might be a sparrow.
(Nagel was not John James Audubon; the bird might be colored
in a way that suited Pat's design needs rather than reflect real life...much as
the Kanji [writing] on Paper Mill isn't an actual Kanji either.)
This in an intriguing piece. Like Hanson, Nagel put the figure pretty low in the image.
The next piece, Mirage is the first to be released with an SP version with no text (Just Looking still had the Just Looking at the top, but not the text at the bottom for its SP), since Mirage Ship.
The way Lorraine is coming out of the frame is a bit like Silver Sunbean, but also the bird in Piedmont Book Company.
I like to think of this piece as if Lorraine, the woman was filling the frame the way the figure in Mirage is, but something has caught her eye and she had decided to bend down to get a closer look.
Personally, I sense movement in this figure, moving out of the frame, where Hanson seems still and motionless.
When I was emailing back and forth with Barry Haun, he make it clear to me that the way Jennifer and Pat lived was very much not of their time (the 80s), in that they had a butler, but also, that they liked timeless things from the 30s 40s and 50s. (e.g. Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven the The Singing Detective, which use music from the 30s and 40s.)
Combine that with Haun's comments that Nagel is probably sipping martinis with David Niven in heaven, and one can pretty easily imagine that Pat liked Billie Holiday and her style.
I see a bit of Billie Holiday influence in this piece, but that may just be wishful thinking.
I agree with Nagelite; I think Mirage was doing well enough and Pat was selling well enough that they felt like they could afford to do a print or two that looked less like it was being sponsored by a corporation or business. The next piece. Mirage, was the first since Mirage Ship where Mirage promoted itself.
Still, a part of me hopes there is a woman out there that Pat painted who had a thing for daffodils. It is not the usual flower I would expect to see in a woman's hair like a few others (e.g.orchid, rose, or hibiscus, daises).