Step 3- Look and Learn.
How should the painting look? Robin suggested that her painting have a Norman Rockwell feel. I agreed this worked perfectly with her photo, a charming snapshot of Americana, and was flattered that she had such confidence in my abilities. Norman Rockwell was an accomplished illustrator and painter, most famous for his covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Emulating him would be a challenge.
His selfie is one of my favorites. His paintings had crisp lines, saturated colors, and incredible attention to detail which gave them a sparkling quality. This guy was good at what he did.