I masked off some hair strands and a few details in her shoes before laying in the first washes. I painted the main portion of her hair wet in wet as suggested by Paul W. McCormack in this amazing article http://mccormackstudios.com/Sheer_Realism.pdf on how to paint luminous portraits. I took these photos of our granddaughter Keira more than 5 years ago and was never happy with my ability to paint life like skin. Paul's step by step process finally helped me crack the code of how to proceed with confidence from start to finish.
Here is the completed painting (sorry it's crooked, I will take better photos later) I will live with it a while to see if I want to darken her pants or lighten some more of the middle background. For now though, it's finished.