Here's a couple paintings I've done in class recently- the square-format torso is finished (pose is over, anyway). The portrait of a wonderful model named Edith is in progress; one more three hour session on Monday.
Reading books by David Leffel has made me think more about the effect of the light, and how important it is. Or more accurately, how powerful it can be when given the proper attention. Also, the importance of the background in a portrait as an integral part of the image.