I wanted to practice what I had learned, hopefully it will help the lessons stick better. This is a painting I have wanted to do for a while just because she was lit so beautifully and also those lovely eyes. I had turned around to look at someone asking a question and Mary was sitting next to me in this very pose. I immediately grabbed the camera and snapped a pic, the photo is still one of my favorites. I prefer to working from life when possible but for these practice pieces a photo will do.