Portrait Practice 08/08/18

These are the result of a second session continuing to work on the painting of Paul started on 19th July. Sadly, despite a thoroughly enjoyable (although long/mentally exhausting) session with Paul, it feels like the painting has gone backwards from the first session.

I was trying to improve the range of tones to ensure the figure felt solid, but ended up using too much Burnt Umber and Payne’s Grey, as a result of which, it’s all looking rather dull, sombre and overworked compared with the previous state.

In my defence, the light through my Easterly facing studio/garage windows changed hugely throughout the day, from overcast in the morning, to brilliant sunshine at midday, followed by deep shadow in the afternoon, so I need to figure out how to handle that.

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