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Thank you Bob. Renoir, if you leave your email address I'll be happy to send you some of the pictures I took of this painting while it was in the process of being painted.
Thanks much @Leo2015 for "ignore the fear and attack the canvas with confidence. Never let the materials tell you who's boss." I have another saying, "have the fear and do it anyway". Fantastic portrait work from start to finish!
BOB73, You can always trust the wise words of The Duke!
Hi Hilary, I didn't know there was a competition. Am I too late?