I've been noticing recently that I'm really lacking a knowledge of skin. How it looks in different conditions and how to render it. So today I decided to paint a nude figure from a photograph that I found on the internet. I was having a hard time with it so I ended up just color picking from the photograph. It felt bad because I felt like I had given up but then I started to pay attention to the colors I was picking. It was a pretty sweet experience to just pick a color and analyze it. I should do more of these and then start to pick my own colors as I go along just by looking at the reference.