If you have been following my Facebook page, you have seen a lot of my new work lately. My plan is to continue putting work on Facebook and then elaborate more on them here, with information directed more to artists and those interested in the painting process itself.
I worked on some unfinished portraits today. Last week our figure painting group wanted to do a reclining figure, so this model had light work. I titled it "On the Clock" (11" x 14") since he was paid to snooze. Ha! The unusual perspective was fun.
Here, I was using my limited palette which consists of Daniel Smith Mixed White, Winsor Newton Cadmiun Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue. I choose to use this limited palette when painting away from my studio to lighten my equipment.
I work in several different ways. In this approach, I start with the features and build the composition out as time allows, rather than determining a fixed composition at the beginning. I stop when the session is over or, more importantly, when the composition is in balance. It's one of those "you'll know when it happens" things.