This is the finished work from a while back. The technique used here is what is considered the old masters technique. Using a limited palette, blocking in dark ranges in dead colors and gradually building them up to more life like tones. This approach, while taking much longer, allowed me to really work the portrait and bring it to life. It also gave me more time to make decisions about the subtle plane changes in this subjects face. I was pleased with the over all finished work. I would definitely consider this painting a marker of growth. Please, comment freely!