I love this woman's nautical-themed sweater. I feel I put too much in the eyeglass lenses--it's not too bad, if you don't look close! And, now that I see the photo, I intend to soften the shapes and tone down the sienna on the right. I had planned to do more in the hair ... but why muck it up?
On the other hand, this poor lady looks like she's convalescing from a fall down the stairs. I may be able to save her though.
Sue and I had a brief email exchange today in which I verbalized something that has been poking around the periphery for awhile: I was thinking in relation to three of my teachers whose paintings, even when they "fail" on some level, still "succeed," that if you 1) get the paint:water ratio right and 2) go at it with a lack of anxiety or fear, you are bound to produce something pleasing because you are not getting in the way of the watercolor itself.
That's my new goal: to stand aside!