There is an update (of sorts) to the second piece. I've changed my mind just a bit about the source picture, reprinted it in color and black & white, posed them in a picture and posted it here. The B&W is in a clip which holds it up next to the canvas for ready reference during the underpainting. The color picture will take it's place when the underpainting is done and the painting starts accepting color.
We're getting ready. Stay tuned.