Me Time Painting Completed
Here is the finished Me Time painting.
I love this painting.
Since the last in progress photo I shared with you, I have -
Added another layer of paint to her face. I’m really happy with the colours and softness I’ve achieved on her face. I use the Sfumato Technique to blend, so there are no hard edges in the flesh tones.
I have added another layer to her arms, aiming again for softness and no hard edges, using Sfumato.
I have taken her hair back to a brown. It just works better than the red, the brown hair sits in this painting without saying ‘look at me’ – certainly the effect I’m after. Her hair supports the image, it is NOT the Focal Point. There is red and indigo mixed with the brown, in her hair to create colour harmony through out the painting.
I have painted a final layer on the book. I needed a brown for the book that would work in the painting as a whole. To get the lovely soft brown colour of the book, I mixed a pink using from red & white and added a tiny amount of brown from her hair until I had a colour that worked on the book. This is a subtle artist’s trick, the brown of the book is supporting the brown of her hair, making both sit easier in a painting consisting of lilac, lavender, blue, pink and flesh tones. If there was only one area of brown on the painting, it would appear isolated and visual harmony would be lost.
Remember I am always using the same palette of colours, through out the painting, to create visual harmony in my art.