I've just started on an African Lass (From Angola, where, a long time ago, we nearly got shot out of the air).
It's a bigger painting: 20 x 30 inches, because I'm still feeling my way and want to try out what it's like to paint at this size.
Colour mixing isn't coming naturally yet, although I get the basic tones fairly accurately the fine tuning of skin tones is more of a struggle. Practise, practice and more practise.
Christmas tomorrow, I'm hoping Father Christmas brings me some Black Sable Brushes!