One of our recent class assignments was portrait painting. We drew numbers and sat in pairs across from each other to paint. We were to be prepared with summertime regalia, including hats, sunglasses, etc. I find that these additions often fool our "afraid to do portraits" mentality by covering the eyes and the hair....those parts that are often difficult to render. Granted, the lighting in our downstairs classroom at the art center is not optimal....it is fluorescent overhead lighting...which is not really advantageous for describing the beautiful form of the human head. However, it is what we have and I believe that beautiful art can be made under any conditions.