I had a chance to try to give this some love and bring it to life - my final lesson (I hope!) in never, ever, ever starting a painting from a poor reference. It's better to just use my imagination. My mother is pleased, she is going to make some copies and Julia and Natalie love it - which surprised me. Natalie especially loves the bottom of her shoe (go figure). Just wanted a final update here for records.
as per usual, photo stinks.