|Carousel 3, The underpainting. Wet into wet|
watercolour interrupted by a friend dropping in.
From what I can tell from my crash reading/research course, it seems that portrait painters have set recipes for skin tones. They have a Caucasian recipe, an Asian recipe, a Black recipe and a Brown skin recipe. I now have a recipe too: for Caucasians: lots of Titanium white,( though Flake white is more off white and better says some for mixing skin tones), Cadmium yellow medium, Alzarin Crimson --be careful not to use too much of either one, a couple of hairs is enough--and raw umbra. are my basics. Then for cool tints a bit of Ultramarine blue or Veridian.
These are the oils I have repeatedly placed on the palette for the two kids. This is the palette of the two kids.
I've quit poking around with the iPad, downloaded some apps and now I have to pay my debt. I want to deliver the painting before Mother's Day--that's sometime in May--maybe the second Sunday? I've lost track, since I've lost my mothers and my own kids have flown the coop to other parts of the country. But we do watch TV and I'm sure the commercials for jewelry and Victoria's Secret will start soon and tip me off that the holiday for the benefit of jewelers and lingerie boutiques is around the corner. then I will be off to the next...
For my next portrait adventure, I've chosen to do my three grown, middle aged sons. I have many photographs of them as little boys, only one where all three are together as men. Again I won't get to take a multitude of photographs to find the right one, but at least the one I do have, I took and didn't use a flash.
The flash lighting on the two babies above, (the older boy is just three), is driving me nuts. I also want to darken the upper right-hand and left-hand corner and leave just flecks of light as the plane would be lighted if the light was coming from about 8 o'clock over my left shoulder as I held the camera peeking in to say good night.