This was how I left her last nite. All of these paintings are done with acrylic paint on canvas. The first one is 14x16. Done from life modeling sessions.
Thought I has finished Erica after a few minor tweaks only to notice her cheek in the shadow is lighter than the one in the light. Hmmm?!
Done or so I thought! Till I noticed that her left cheek in the light was actually darker than the cheek in the shadow...HMM its always something isn't it??
I did lower her right eye...it had been slightly higher than the left. Can you find the other changes?? I read in Richard Schmid's great book Alla Prima II that all of the features should be parallel to each other. AKA a line draw thru the brows should be parallel with a line drawn thru the eyes and the mouth...I had a few problems there. I think I fixed them now.
Erica II (20x24)
Al Beyer was painting her from the side yesterday and I thought it a much more interesting view so I snapped a couple of pics of her from that angle. Today I started to paint it...so far so good. I really like this one.
Pleased w how this is going. Still a lot to do like her hand but the major work is done. I actually did not draw this one first like I usually do. I sketched her in phthalo blue paint of all colors. Then I changed to burnt sienna. I do like the phthalo that is showing thru on her lower face above the shoulder. She's fairly simply painted with large brushes without a lot of blending.
BYTW I finally broke down and bought one of those large covered pallettes by Masterson Sta Wet Pallette..best thing since sliced bread. It's kept my paint wet since MAY!!! I just spritz it down before I cover it till next time. Truly amazing. I was tired of throwing out dried out acrylics or even worse finally mix the right color only to have it dry up before I finished painting. GRRR!!! I finally changed the pallette sheet today but still have some of the colors I put out in May...colors I dont use a lot. Be SURE you get the large flat one with the BLUE lid not the one with the slots in it.