@anwesha - slow and steady wins the race. Its the same process, just a different subject. @Summer - kool pics, where did they go? This is turning into a really fun thread. The best ones take on a life of their own. This one certainly has. I think maybe we should add some categories if we have enough participation. Things like best first portrait ever. Best among goofy old dudes (my category). Best in show. etc
Every one of them is WOW. One or two are just more wow than the others. @Richard_P don't let this be your last. You captured the perspective and the undulations of the land like an old timer. Unfortunately for all of us competitors, we have a saying where I come from ..., "let the 4 year old win!"
There are paintings I refer to as "artistical" (trying to be humorous), and those I call "mommy paintings", which is in no way derogatory. This is a mommy painting. It's a straightforward representational portrait which will hang in her parents house while she lives abroad. Because it is entirely archival, I fully expect it to hang in her grandchildren's house as well. It's not a museum, but I can think of few better contributions to them or testaments to me. Sneaky ain't I.