I had a great time with this painting! In one of the workshops I attended, I learned how to prepare canvases with different types of textures. This painting was done on a very roughly textured canvas which was developed with a base of gesso and then a sprinkling of a sandy substance used by ceramic artists. I loved this exercise because it gave me a chance to experiment with, not only the rough texture, but also with a soft wash and blending of the background. I also had the opportunity to work on facial features and hands and to practice value and shading.