, I like the lillies. It looks like you laid down a wash, and then started lifting out to the white canvas? Richard Schmidt's book has a great chapter on that process.
those portraits are lovely, they carry a lot of life and emotion. I'm a huge fan of monochrome and you've nailed it.
I had a friend come over for a couple sittings last month and did this portrait. I told him he could have the painting in lieu of payment for modeling. When it turned out to be my best portrait to date, he smiled and let me keep it for a few months.
This is a monochrome from June using the Schmidt technique of wash, and then lift out. This was day 11 of plein air painting in the Grand Canyon with temps over 100. My brain was baked: