As you can see below, the painting ( and paper) is overworked. The skin tones and hair color are splotchy and not dark enough. Look at the hair line above her left ear which looks like she has the beginning of a mohawk hair cut. My initial goal was to have the red tones shine through the dark areas, deepening (darken) the skin with blues, purples and greens.
I'm showing this so you can see what happens when I'm feeling indecisive and hesitant about how to proceed with a painting and end up using too weak a wash instead of stronger color. I dislike giving up on a painting so will save this one instead of throwing it in the round file (trash). My thought is to use acrylics to rework the skin tones and hair.
I'm ready to begin a new painting of this young lady and have the drawing transferred to a clean piece of watercolor paper. Hope you stay tuned and that you will wish me success with the painting!
On a side note, it is snowing. The perfect time to take photos for my photo reference file. I'm hoping this is the last snow/ice of our winter.