Oil on hardboard
My friends have been encouraging me to paint the figure. "How different can it be from a closeup of a flower?" they've asked. When one of them provided me with this photo that he took, I recognized the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl. This was an exercise in observing the relationship between colors, values and edges. I'm amazed at how similar it was to painting, for instance, a rose. I hope to do more.
Except for a few pregnancy portraits I've not painted a figure or anything like this before. I'll improve ... if I continue.