This is my study of the model on the first day of Mr. Kinstler's workshop. My goal was to make sure that I got my values right in addition to my light/dark pattern (the light side of the face versus the dark side). Mr. Kinstler wiped out the right eye with his thumb as I tried to remember to simplify, squint and paint exactly what I saw. In the 2008 workshop, I didn't even get far enough to get a critique so I'm looking at this as an improvement over last year (yes I am an optimist at heart). My focus wasn't to get a finished painting but to concentrate on what Mr. Kinstler was saying and to watch his demos and critiques of others in the class.