Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lindsay II, 20"x16", oil on linen

Before the session, I suggested to Lindsay that this time I would like to pose her looking down as if she was reading a book; after all, she is a librarian. She obliged(“I am good at that,” said she).

I started off with her features and planned to spread out to the rest of the head, but I didn't like the way it was developing. So, without completing the features, I reverted back to my usual way of constructing the whole head.

Midway through the painting, I discovered that I had underestimated the size of her head, especially the crown of her head. I think that her having short hair tricked me into not giving enough mass for her head and hair.

At the last stage, I changed my mind and decided to paint in some green from the background to bring out the contour on the front of her head.

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