Let me show you something (well, two things) I like to do. One is painting the figure, and the second is creating oil paintings on paper. Here's one, called "Cloaked," is an oil painting on watercolor paper that I took from a sketch of a live pose. The title evolved from the appearance of an aura around the shoulders and arms.
I'm happy with the way it turned out, but then painting on these papers is such a great way to mix it up a little bit.