I spent the evening on her face, and it was totally worth it – I’m so much happier with it now. I love this part of a painting’s progress, where all the basic forms are in and now I get to refine everything, add details, and slowly reveal the finished piece.
I had at least three different photograph references open to help with the face anatomy and lighting. For me, looking at photos is like the secret sauce. My imagination alone isn’t quite enough to power a painting into my personal “A+” territory.
If inspiration holds up, I just may finish it this weekend. Yay!