Here is a recent portrait of my daughter, Amanda. A difficult painting because there was so little value change across her face...which tends to flatten the form. Amanda was in shade, except for a few spots of sunlight on her head and arms. Her face and forearms were lit by reflected light...subtle and challenging to convey. I learned a huge amount from this piece.
Embrace, 2013, 18x24", Oil on linen
Here it is framed. I include this to show how the right frame enhances a painting. Some artists always paint on a pre-framed canvas. Not a bad idea, if you know in advance which frame would suit the outcome.