As I recently mentioned, I am taking an online course on portrait painting. It is very organized, informative, well taught and includes homework. Our second assignment is to pick a photo ( with no teeth showing!). Using a timer, observe it for 2 minutes, then put it away, and paint from memory for a timed 15 minutes. I can't even consider showing you how horrifying that painting was. Next we studied the painting for 2 more minutes, followed by 15 more minutes of painting. We did that for 2 more times until we reached an hour of painting from memory. It was still still horrible, and I was so unsettled that I spent another hour doctoring up the painting by looking at the reference photo. I put it aside for a day, and of course, errors were glaring when I returned to it today, so I spent another hour moving features around and adjusting lights and darks. In the photo, Ruby was a baby, and the child in the painting above looks much older. Considering I haven't tackled portraits in the past, I feel I am making progress, but there is still much to learn. I have nowhere to go but "up."