I took a lot from Botticelli on this one. The shape of her face, the color contour of her face and the clear blue eyes. I especially love how Botticelli uses a dark background with striking ethereal lights in the foreground. You all might find this interesting - I never use black in my paintings. (Only when I paint the gallery canvas sides - I don't like to waste the good paint on the sides)
It is always all color - which lends to the richness of the painting. I "make" black in different ways depending on the painting. For this painting I used a mix of Hookers Green Deep Hue (Golden Acrylics) and Van Dyke Brown and for some parts I added a little bit of Prussian Blue. Well that's my tip for the day. See you all soon.