Sometime I come across a picture that just makes me want to paint. This was one of those - the body language here makes me laugh and I asked the mom of Reese (the little girl in the picture) if I could paint this. I love painting children but I find that I have to remind myself that when painting portraits the goal is to produce a "likeness" not a photograph. Rosalind Cuthbert states that the question of what makes a good likeness is impossible to answer. " If ten painters gathered around a single sitter their differing styles might produce radically different images, each of which might also be a good likeness. " I also like what Chris Saper says in the book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color and Light. She says "Think of a portrait as a painting that just happens to star a particular person. Without the interpretation of the artist to simplify information and decide what is important for the viewer, there's no need for a painting at all. It would be faster and easier just to take a nice photograph and be done with it." So if any of you are struggling with portrait painting....remember these words and be kind to yourself.