palette

Adding color

I really wanted to start experimenting more with color in my portraits. Most of my paintings have a strong presence of color either in the background or in some feature, but I haven't been extremely daring in adding a huge color variation to my skin tones. I decided that for my next portrait I would take it to a more extreme level & see how it goes! This painting definitely started with lighter hues & became more vibrant as I became more confident with color. Here's a few pics of my progress so far...

The hair & shirt still needs a fair amount of work, but I'm enjoying the evolution of this one!

palette

I love having a clean palette to work with. After every painting I finish, I take a razor to the old dried on paint & when I can, I save any usable paint that is leftover. Usually there's nothing much to salvage & I'm able to have a fresh start (which feels more refreshing if you ask me). 

palette knife on full/dirty palette