thanks for the feedback Dana.. everything you said makes sense..
but I've been trying to stick close to my reference material... and it goes against most of what you said. - both of us.. you and I are clearly victims of an absolutely strangely lit... hard to see reference picture of a woman who has such perfect doll like features.. that she hardly looks like a real person anyway.
but like I said - all your advise is spot on and I did redden the lips.. just a little
but for a black and whit picture I'll cut my losses.. and be thankful its over.
I have a strict *no return* policy... once I finish a painting I must live with the mistakes for the rest of my days.
I tried to paint this in one sitting.. it took 4 or 5.
so anyone else that sees propblems with the piece let me know.