You don't have to tell me, I know that I missed this gentleman's birthday by a few days. Okay, okay! By a few weeks, but I have always wanted to paint a portrait of this exemplary man, whom I so admire, and the Challenge was a convenient excuse. This Challenge is a multi-optioned one, so pay attention–there might be a test at the end.
Here are your options:
A. THE BLACK AND WHITE CHALLENGE: Paint the portrait in black and white; try to maintain neutral grays with a limited palette of these three pigments: Ultramarine Blue / Burnt Umber / Titanium White.
B. THE FULL COLOR CHALLENGE: Paint the portrait in color; translate the B&W image into a full color portrait using whatever colors on your palette you choose. This is actually a very revealing challenge.
C. THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Do A and B at the SAME time. This is what I did and is further proof of my insanity. I painted both pieces side by side on my easel at the same time AND I didn't get paint on my pants.
D. THE "LET'S IGNORE RAYMOND" CHALLENGE, or if you prefer, OTHER: You do have the option of ignoring me; produce a portrait of Mr. Lincoln in any 2D manner you wish. Don't worry about hurting my feelings, it'll be nothing a good brownie won't cure. (Psst! I am very partial to woodcuts.)
Now, choose and go for it!