When I took the photo of the painting I didn't realize that the translucent pigment would glisten from the light source. I try not to use a flash so this glare was from the sun and the angle of my camera. I will retake the photo so it doesn't show but it was interesting enough to take notice.
The original size of this painting was a bit wider but during critique it was brought up that the white area took away from the importance of why I chose to paint it. It was too big of an area of white and made the center of interest an area that wasn't interesting at all. I guess I have to agree that the focus changed when I cropped the left side. I also redid her facial features ... the face just wasn't right. That part seemed to take longer than the painting itself. I extended the window behind the tree limb so it didn't become a part of the tree anymore. I do think all the changes made it worth the effort. Critiques can be very helpful, their impartiality makes it easier for them to take away what doesn't work.