This is based on a photo of an elderly uncle sitting in a chair by the window. The resulting side light made the right side of his face almost completely white while the shadowed side was quite dark. I decided to add a bunch of greens and blues to the shadowed side and work out from there. It mostly works. I have to admit that I mentally stalled out about half way through this one.
I am a painter living in Vermont. I've been painting for about 20 years learning as I go along. In the last couple of years I've been learning a bunch of new painting techniques and experimenting with new subject matter.