Love this one, Cathy!! His expression, tousled hair and coffee cup make a really nice composition. Your skin tones are good, too. Wonderful!
I love it too...the love the implied diagonal across the canvas...really draws your eye...great composition.
Cathy this is great - I love these snapshot moments. And it's a great balanced composition using the golden ratio. Wonderful lighting. Your quest for learning and discipline in practice is such an inspiration.
Your paintings are working so well. I think you're right value studies can be helpful. I wonder if value studies using a secondary color would be of any use?