I admire you, ElliH123. I love to paint, but I find portraits hard to do. I enjoy painting nature. Although, I did do an oil painting of a house belonging to a relative of mine, which I gave to them as a gift.
I would say the best oil painting I ever made was the one I gave to my mother. The image I painted was based on one of my mother's favourite German songs. It is about a man in the 19th century, Germany, sitting with his hat and cane, dreaming underneath a Linden tree, by a well. In the background you can see old Germany with a clock tower and ladies in their long gowns walking through a gate. The painting is now hidden in my basement as my mother passed away August, 2008. I miss my mother, but I know I will see her again, some day, in heaven.
ElliH123, I can't wait to see your paintings! You have inspired me to take up my old hobbie...painting, again.