Carol Mann answered:
Thank you so much for your kind words. Actually, I have been painting about 7 years now. I do not do many portraits, as I prefer still life, and pets. But this is my grand-daughter, and her eyes were something that I wanted to capture. The ONE thing that I tell my students is to "Paint what you see, not what you think." That means that when I'm doing a portrait, I do not paint a nose or eyes. I paint shapes and colors, and I often paint upside-down. That way my mind doesn't start playing tricks on me and tell me that something doesn't look like a nose. I just paint what I see...and voila! I hope that helps a bit. Happy Painting.