The assignment or purpose of this painting was to gain experience with painting darks with watercolor. I got my reference and inspiration for this painting from my friend Jessica Willey. She gave me permission to use pictures from her blog for photo reference. You can visit her blog here and her portfolio blog here. This reference is from a set of portraits Jessica did for a girl who play's the french horn. Painting the girl was fun with the interesting lighting going on and I'm really pleased with how she turned out. The large dark wash in the background was harder for me, but with time and some happy accidents/tender mercies, it turned out great!