I just started this portrait of Three Men yesterday. Initially I made the mistake of starting the painting by drawing with a charcoal pencil, but quickly thought I had made a mistake. I cleaned up the canvas and just went into it with yellow ocre and lots of mineral spirits--like in the old days--a large brush and a rag. I want this portrait rough--a range of thin to thick paint, runny washes to firm brush strokes--keep it loose and casual. Sap green, alzarin, burnt umbra, flake white--the absolutely right white for portraiture; it has no blue in it--cadmium yellow medium are all that's on the palette so far this second day of painting. Alternating between drawing and correcting is my usual procedure.
|This is Only Organic taken with no flash (ever)|
in open shade with a SE exposure. It's pale, but
the colors are accurate.
In the computer, again using my favorite--my only available Jasc Picture Album Adjustment tool-- the following adjustments were made on each photograph: 1) Quick fix; 2)Color Stretch; 3) Less Exposure; 4)More Vividness; 5) Less sharpness; 6) More Exposure. I chose the camera's landscape setting because of one sentence under the portraiture setting description in the manual--portraiture gives a nice "warm effect". That warm effect is exactly what I didn't like in the Steve photographs. For me, this procedure
seems to be it. I am satisfied.
|Using the procedure I described, this is Only Organic with accurate|
coloration. I chose this painting because it had the primaries as well as
a variety of gray washes.