Here is my study on Day 2 of class with Adrian. I was much faster with mixing out my Chromium Oxide Green and Sinopia strings this class. Once I had those ready to use I started laying in color. Incase I've forgotten to mention in my previous post about this class and method, the skin tones are the only part of the painting treated differently than in more common direct painting. You can see the more porcelain quality of the skin more readily now that I've laid in the background and clothing. Those two elements were mixed and laid in as I want them to appear. Adrian emphasised that the skin at this point in the process should be several value steps lighter that you want for the finished piece. The reason being that the following layers are glazes, so as color is glazed in the over all value will drop down. I'm also bringing the value of the clothing down 1 value step with the thought that once the skin drops down it will maintain a nice balance. Next class I'll add the final details to the clothing and try to get the skin to sit at the proper value.
There are several reasons for the studies in this class. First is that it allows for practice of the technique before you commit to the final painting. Second, and more common across various approaches, it allows you to adjust the composition and tune into the subject matter. I'll be able to make adjustments at this phase that won't be possible on a final painting. If you look close at this study compared to the 1st day you can see that, on Adrian's recommendation, I extended the edge of the frame on the right side to minimize the emphasis of the sleeve. I might bring in the left side. I'm playing with how to impart some the feeling that she might move as she places the flower. So far it fairly pleased with it. But I am saying this having not glazed in the later colors... We'll see!