This is an unfinished warm up portrait I did at last weekend's retreat. The original photo and young lady belonged to one of my students. For those over 50, remember those guys with a pony that used to roam neighborhoods for kid atop pony photo opportunities. This pale faced 'young lady' is 35 years old today.. What a fun attitude she shows here.
When painting a portrait of someone with an open mouth... the emphasis is placed on the opening of the mouth rather than the lips... and... paint individual teeth if the original photo showed VERY distinguished separations of teeth as shown here. Sadly, it's very easy to turn teeth into fangs so underplay the separations of them.