6x6 Oil on Board Sold
I have been starting these last four paintings using a larger brush and getting as much information down on the surface before switching to a smaller brush as suggested by Mike Barr in an earlier post. I think it does make a difference. I know I fussed a bit with the young woman's face, but I do need some practice painting people. It has been awhile since I have done portraits. Some things I have learned lately that I try to pay attention to:
If the color you apply over an existing color looks muddy, it is usually because it is the wrong temperature, not because you mixed a "muddy" color.
Start a picture with a brush that seems too large for the scene, and do details later. The dabs of highlights applied at the end will "pop".
In warm light, use cool shadows. In cool light where the object has cool colors, use warm shadows. I'm still working on this one. Red is a difficulty for me.
Do a value study!!!!!!!!
This young woman walks down Church Street in Toronto, crossing Front Street in front of the Gooderham Building.