Frequently people (especially beginning artists) ask the question, “When do you know when the painting is finished.” I don’t really have a good answer for this, but I am sure someone does. For me, the answer is frequently, “stop before you mess it up!” This painting was like that. It just came very easy and quickly and I felt really happy painting it. How could I not? She was smiling her contagious smile at me the whole time! There are things I could refine about this, but I just wanted to keep the spontaneity of it and the fresh strokes.