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On the phone—Work in Progress

on the phone

“On the telephone” oil on panel, 8×8 inches, WORK IN PROGRESS

I’m trying something a little different with this painting. As you can see, it’s kind of rough and the drawing accuracy needs to be nailed down. (Some parts of her face are crooked. I always do this, always!)

Another from my “Novela” series, where I explore the attitudes, emotions and expressions of the subjects’ faces. It’s been fantastic practice for me.

On the left is where I left the painting after the first session. My palette consisted of mauve umber (an almost-black with purpley tones) and Titanium-Zinc white. I got the placement and overall lights and darks of the painting in the first session.

On the right is my progress after a second painting session. (Each of these painting sessions is probably less than an hour.) In this I continued to use mauve umber, white, and also added a warmer crimson-brown color. (Not sure of the actual tubes of color used.) So she’s getting a bit more color to her.

Next, I’m not sure what I’ll do. It’s my intention to have this be a limited palette painting. I’ll probably add a little blue, and maybe some touches of yellow ochre, but that’s it. I anticipate probably two more painting sessions to finish this up, with perhaps a short few touch-ups needed after that.

Edit: Aug 11, 2013: I’m still going to finish this painting! Promise!

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