I feel like I have a split personality in painting as I arrange and rearrange colours constantly at times before settling on a palette that works for me. It comes intuitively and after much knashing of teeth and pulling of hair.
Gary lives in Hawaii, so tropical and beautiful and both colour and light rich, so I wanted to reflect some of that light and colour into the portrait. Not as a background but in the skin itself. I am introducing blues, reds, greens and pale oranges into the skin and seeing how the values 'read' for me as I work my way around the portrait. I want this to be a loose more impressionistic painting. Its moving more into a style I find myself leaning towards in my work lately, despite tight paintings of fish in previous posts!
Note that I haven't completed the eyes yet. They are usually the first thing that I tackle in a portrait and I have - several times. And wiped them - several times. All will be well. Let's see what tomorrow will bring in terms of colour and light.