A few close-up views:
Over my studies, it took me a while to realize how desaturated flesh colors really were. I used complementary colors and Gamblin's Radiant Blue to grey-down colors and preserve the quality of the mixtures.
It has been a while since I've painted a portrait. I was pleased with how this turned out and surprised myself a bit. It feels "painterly," which is a quality I love.
Here are a few process shots. I drew the outline in a mixture of red oxide, alizarin crimson, and ultramarine blue.