When choosing an image to paint, Rob Foster looks for something that is not only visually appealing, but will also be challenging and help him to improve his painting abilities. There are a few aspects of this photo that made him choose it. The depth of field is interesting, as well as the drape of the dress, which provides some nice folds and shadows. The facial features, shadows across the face, and the curly hair are unique and require techniques that the artist can always improve on. Rob Foster works with Dru Blair’s Color Buffer Method, which combines both opaque and transparent colors.