Here is the portrait I painted last night.
This is Arches 300gm cold pressed and is 380 x 280mm.
I am following the technique of Charles Reid still and have been reading and re-reading his books. I have also been reading Byrne Hogarth and Betty Edwards. Hopefully this year I can balance in a little more painting than last year. So there is definitely progress. Charles Reid says one of the keys is to get the values right. Value, he says, trumps colour. And I like the values around her chin. Something came together there.
here is the sketch for the painting:
And here are some of the preparatory sketches:
and the sketches of the figure:
And here are some of the portrait sketches I did on plain A3 paper: