Steve is becoming more Steve- like--even though he has to lighten up a bit. My painting system with oils is shamefully unsystematic--actually, a bit all over the place and not the way I was taught. But I'm having a good time feeling the painting out. I am constantly drawing and correcting as I pursue a likeness. Yesterday, Steve began to look like himself back then when neither of us had any gray in our hair. I was thinner. He was heavier. and both of us had good knees.
The reference photo was taken about twelve years ago BY ME WITHOUT A FLASH! What was I thinking? I wasn't. I was so thrilled my guys were together in the same city and the same room at the same time. Since it's the only photo I have, it's the only photo I can use. I am going to have to do something about the flash bouncing off of Steve's glasses. Also the position of his hand on his brother's shoulder. I moved the three of them closer together. I've also decided to keep their skin tones "kissed by the sun" a little less than how their sunburn photographed. It's appropriate; they're all wearing tee shirts. I really am absolutely in love with Sap Green, As for Cadmium Yellow Medium, you can have it; it's orange yellow. I'm glad I bought Naples Yellow, the "mellow yellow." And Flake White does not gray down the colors you mix it with. I'm wondering where it's been all my life.