What a surprise to see this thread pop back up. And what a great entrance you've made to the forum.
I love the cool skintones and the likeness is very good...and I should know
Plenty of strong areas here...the knees being a particularly striking bit...and the play of light is very nice too.
Usually I like to be very picky but the only thing I can find here to question is the blue stripe in the sofa, just under Vik's feet.
As soon as I saw the thread had popped back up I called Vik over...and she think's the painting is really strong too. So she saw your thanks first hand.
What are the support and media...and what size?
I love it...a fine introduction to the forum....welcome.