My client with a big, beautiful smile had her final sitting today. What a treat. She is also hilarious so I had a great time finishing the portrait.
Fortunately, she smiled and laughed as she bantered with her fiance and I painted. As a result, I was able to capture the red in her skin and the way her eyes light up and became watery from laughter.
Although she has beautiful skin tone everywhere, I focused the color around the upper parts of her face to keep the focus on the eyes. I had also decided to leave out detail inside her mouth because I wanted to make sure there weren't too many "subjects" or areas of focus in the painting.
With the subject finished, I will make some final changes to her clothing and the painting will be complete. Here is a photo of the current stage of the almost finished painting.