I always start with a burnt sienna/ultramarine wash, and then I do a drawing to layout my painting in just burnt sienna. In most of my paintings, I begin painting everything at once. I like to immediately know what my lightest (or nearly) and darkest values are going to be, as well as get temperature relationships as soon as possible.
I’m putting all the big blocks of colour in, as well as putting a wash down in my darkest areas, this being the hair. The colour is still in big chunks, not super detailed, and most of the edges look the same.
Continuing to add, and fix any drawing errors I have. I have a better idea now of what I will eventually do with the background and edges.
I’ve washed in the background, and put all my edges where I want them. I softened edges using values and brush strokes, and fixed a few drawing issues
Finally, I add an extra hard edge in the eye to make it more eye catching. Those are probably the hardest edges in the painting, and I like that.
And I’m totally satisfied. I think if I put in the rest, it would look too much like it was trying to be something it’s not. While I deeply admire with an extreme adoration all types of realism, for me I want to show “this is a painting” and an “intimate portrait” but not a photograph. I try to show my brush strokes or leave chunks of colours in places when I can. I think it makes it look like a painting, and that is what I want to convey.
Have a great rest of Wednesday!