Thank you! The eyes are actually gold, but due to the resolution of the image on DA, you really can't see that I added gold in her eyes. Looks red at this resolution. Her hair is black, but I added two types of highlights; 1 from the moon as the light reflects off of her dark hair and 2 just some "cool" streaks of white/grey/color - I find it sort of alluring when a woman has various streaks in her hair. I also find it beautiful when an older woman allows some streaks of grey hair to show - adds character. Glad you like the image!
Thank you for the complement and the critique! Perhaps I should have added something 'more" to the necklace. I felt it was just enough for the piece. I was trained to add just enough to enhance but not to overindulge the work. But you have given me something to think about in the future. I always learn from other's critiques which is wonderful! It is a wonderful piece. You can see where I may have added some more style to it in my other works that are similar. I submitted 4 pieces to the competition. Maybe I'll create a whole new piece with a new model with a dynamic necklace that will be the iconic piece in the painting. Personally, I believe every piece should have some sort of iconic imagery to the image. In this one, it was the lips and the moon.
Wonderful! Pawsome! (Get it.. Paw, Awesome.. Pawsome) It's very beautiful! The detail of the misty fogs, the background, and the other things... ah wow, I love it! You know.. you should win the contest