This was the mystery artist that I was to paint as part of the DSDF year end challenge. Those who wanted to participate sent in a photo of themselves, and in return, you received one in which to paint. A swap. It turns out that my mystery artist is: Rajalekshmy Usha. Her portrait of me is on her blog.
This is the first portrait I have done as I am new to art and painting, and struggled with the assignment. I tried 3 other times and was very frustrated at the results even this final version. It wasn't for lack of trying! Only by trying new things will I improve. I learned a lot from the exercise, one being that portraits are very difficult to paint. It is easy for the features to get away from you, but I loved the challenge and the portraits that were submitted were fantastic. Be sure to take a look