I’m calling this one done! It has been my labor of love, off and on, for much of the last month and now it has reached the stage that they all do where I am fiddling about with this and that and nothing is being gained by it – so – time of being done 11.59…am, October 14th 2017, brushes down, clean the palette, take it down off the easel, go for lunch! Feels good! I probably won’t look at it now for a couple of days and then I will look at it with fresh eyes and start to nit-pick again! Or else, once in a while that just serves to confirm that yes, I am done and there is nothing more to do to it 🙂
This one was actually supposed to be an experiment – my first attempt at a green tonal under painting. The technical term for this is a “verdaccio”. It’s not even on a real canvas, just a piece of canva paper.
Other technical details: The whole thing was painted on a mid-tone of Raw Umber. The palette was one that I am still favoring, that of Anders Zorn (Cad Red Medium, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and Titanium White….amazing how many skin tones you can get from various combinations of these colours!) Many thanks to Will Kemp (Will Kemp Art School) for teaching me that limiting your palette will go a long way to simplifying the process of mixing skin tones! I did add in a touch of Raw Umber for the hair. The tonal underpainting was in a nice, green called Terra Verde, straight out of the tube and mixed with Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid.
I have wanted to paint someone in a hat like this ever since I was blown away by a very awesome pastel rendition of a young girl in a hat – so when the opportunity and an appropriate reference photo presented themselves (think – warm, sunny, winter walk and rather reluctant, “teenage model”, in an unusually sunny and compliant mood, also!) – Well:I got my wish! The only slight niggle with this particular photograph is that the sunlit skin was a bit washed out and I had to invent more colour and gradient for it….but… I think it works!
Hope you like it! 🙂