Years ago I was wandering the streets of Somerville, Massachusetts when I passed a lovely street corner display. I've always wanted to paint it, but it had to wait until I got other things out of the way. It's a rambling rose bush, spilling over an antique picket fence. Over the next couple of weeks it'll start to take shape.
Modeling the face on the image below requires tiny, tiny strokes, because this is only a 6" square painting. The colors and tones slide into each other very gradually. I never realized the young woman is wearing earrings! At least, not until I blew up the reference and saw the two white spheres near her neck.