Wednesday, 18 February 2015
This is one of those portraits which painted itself. I love it when that happens, especially as I was anticipating difficulties with all those shades of grey. I toned the canvas with quite a dark layer of burnt sienna acrylic first. I do think this is a big help with black or grey subjects: you can let the under painting show through and it makes the painting zing. It also ensures it is a warm painting, which I think helps greatly with living subjects as well as assisting with fending off the dreaded "mud" problem. I mixed the greys with pthalo blue and alizarin crimson, darkening with burnt umber and tinting with white.