|rosie on "hat" day|
this will be undoubtedly difficult for several reasons. this is flash photo and i will have to play with it a bit to enhance the values so they are more readable. she is very close all who knew her and i want this to be the best i can make it. an open invitation to overworking it. none the less i am going to give it a whirl and see where the effort takes me (us).
|initial wash and start of features|
after drawing on this piece of 140# cold press fabriano artistico cold press paper, i put down a light wash of scarlet lake, cadmium orange, and cerulean blue. once this was mostly dry i started in on the features with mixtures of the same colors. i pretty much used the #16 round cosmotop which has become my "go to" brush unless i am doing something extraordinarily small or a large background shape, in which case i would use anywhere from a #10-#6 round kolinski or my #26 round cosmotop, respectively.
|carrying on and adding the glasses|
|give me more hat...gotta have more hat|
i'm just going to put in the serial photos of the progress with little commentary at this point. i think the steps will speak for themselves. then if one watches the video (if you can stand it for 10 minutes) i think an overall idea of how this painting proceeded with be forthcoming.
in the final photo i have brought the face up to where i am happy with the values, shapes, and have put a light glaze of ultramarine blue on those areas that i wanted to recede just a bit. i am still struggling with the background and will keep working toward a gray tinted a bit toward the green as a foil to all that red in her hat and dress. hopefully i can accomplish that with successive glazes of cool alternating with warm until i am happy with the overall effect. these are still giving me trouble but only by plugging away will i reach any sort of satisfaction.
the other remaining thin is to finish her dress and the lace collar/yoke. i will have to rather meticulously draw in the "holes" in the lace before painting as i know i will make a mess of it is i just jump in a free-hand it.
|the face is done. now for the background and lace.....grrrrr|