I can't remember now exactly what prompted me to work on such a small portrait - this is 6"x6" - but I had a feeling that since I always felt comfortable drawing small portraits, it might also work with oils. I did, and it was so much fun I've started working on a series.
Skin tones are more difficult than I anticipated so this was a perfect reference to work from. Even so, getting a warm glow on the skin and getting the right shade of blue, purple and pink to imply reflected light was still a challenge. I changed that background a couple of times, experimenting with purples but in the end the blue worked better. It's gone to a good home now otherwise I might have added some glazes to it but I hadn't quite got the hang of them at the time.