I know, everyone is likely tired of this week of little updates, but this is a bit more substantial I hope.
I've had a free morning and the brush and brain seemed to kick into high gear so I made good inroads on this portrait of Gary. I'm still in colourful, impressionistic mode and so far its working, at least in my eyes. Gary may be horrified! :)
A note on colours for those thinking of what colours I used and why. In anything, its really not about colour, but about value that makes or breaks a painting. I could use any colour on the face and if it is the correct value for light or shadow, it would work. However, in most skin tones for caucasian faces, there is the traditional palette that I use consisting of:
Cadmium red light
Cadmium yellow light
From these colours, all the variants arise in the stronger pastel shades of blues, violets, oranges and pinks that add interest. I haven't used any medium with the oils, but mixed colours out of the tubes, washing the brush in odorless turps when required. The strokes are not blended much, its more like studying the light and shadow, choosing a colour then laying down a stroke.
There are still refinements to be made on the face and the shirt to be done. The background is an off white that I may darken a little in spots for interest. I wanted that contrast with the figure and intense light instead of a traditional darker background.