This is my very first painting a day. I had thought the painting would take an hour or so, but instead I spent the better part of the morning on it. Being from a pastel background, the whole color mixing this is still a little hit and miss for me. The miss part is taking more time than I reckoned. After doing just a few of these small studies, I can see what I miss when I paint from photo references. In all my years as a painter, I have not done a great deal of painting from life. It's difficult, but my suspicion is that it will make me a much stronger painter.