described here, from the "Staging Artwork" class. Briefly, this involved value studies on small b/w thumbnails, followed by a small oil color comp, transfer to the final canvas using a free-hand/grid method, then paint. The painting took about 30 hours to complete, not counting the photo shoot. For the shoot I used a single overhead light to illuminate the subject, placing most of the face and torso in shadow, and brightly illuminating the arms. Warm reflected light bounces from the arms back onto the face. I wanted a lighting scheme that required a second look.
I used the limited palette of yellow ochre pale, cad red light, transparent oxide red (TOR), viridian, ultramarine blue, titanium white, ivory black. Keeping the palette simple let me focus on value, shape, and edge. Color will come later.
I'm trying to avoid over-blending, it's so easy to do. My preference is the flowing, painterly brushwork style shared by Zorn, Sorolla, and De Laszlo. In fact, the abstraction in the upper left corner of my painting is an homage, inspired by a similar pattern in the corner of a portrait Sorolla painted of his own daughter, Maria. During the break I picked up a few books, including Joaquin Sorolla by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, which I highly recommend, if you like his style. Also picked up a book on Degas and one on De Laszlo, both affordable and recommended.