Thank you for your replies and encouragement.
Bruce: I was pondering exactly what you said about colour.
Patrick: appreciate your suggestions, as always. Juried shows are great for pushing myself, whether I get accepted or not, won't change much. Every new piece I make - I tell myself-, it has to be better than the last one. I worked the best I can at my present level, but the job is not done. I want to make a larger copy, that will be the real challenge.
Krysta, I thought you might like her, that's exactly the message. I just finished a piece that was somewhat dark and more complex, so this one was a joy to make. I love to model smiles, not easy, but rewarding. I think I even smiled back at her.