My creative process has felt different this year and while I was working on this piece and I was painting her mouth, I realised hey haven't painted an open mouth portrait this year. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to. I felt rusty but I'm happy to see that came out quite nicely without too much difficulty. Phew.
I see I've also got a little locked into doing straight on faces and I need to practice variations more. I know I have so much work ahead of me and so much to think about and not enough hours... gulp. Otherwise I've loving the darker elements here.