|Amanda Triptych (panel 1) 11x14", oil on board|
Using the color study method described a while back, I created a small painting on vellum to work out flesh tones and hair and background colors. I also painted a portrait of Amanda from life to establish the values and get her hair color right. I did all my homework.
|Color study for Amanda Triptych, 5.5x7", oil on mylar|
|Amanda, study from life, 10x12" oil on linen|
In addition, I'm trying something new...starting my paintings with a looser underpainting/first color lay-in than I'm used to. I like the change. I came across this approach in "Norman Rockwell Illustrator". Rockwell said he always did the first color lay-in very quickly "to generate some accidents to play with". I like those accidents. It's a more subconscious way to paint.