(I am editing this post to say I woke up feeling I could just cry about how this image of this painting came out. I don't want to cry at all when I look at the original painting, so I know the problem lies with the reproduction! I wonder why the scanner does a great job of representing some paintings and abysmally at others? It isn't just the skin tones throwing this off, as I mention below in the original post, it is kind of the whole thing is off. I worked in Photoshop Elements doing everything I know to make it look more like the painting, but it was not meant to be. I may try a camera shoot with this one. I'll let you know.)
To answer my own question from the other day: what do you really want to paint? I really want to paint humans in motion, in relationship, in emotion. In thinking about this question this morning, I remembered that I also want to paint birds. Over the summer, I had intended to work on birds and flowers, but only got to the flowers. Coincidentally, one of my artist friends posted a lovely bird painting today.
This is another one started long ago. After much photo-editing, still don't have the skin tones true to the painting...sorry...
I am figuring out it is sleep that is going to be suffering for my art. How about everybody else? It's way past my bedtime...goodnight.