Monday, September 6, 2010

Gabriela, 20" x 16", oil on canvas

To paint Gabriela, I reused a canvas on which I had painted a model at an Academy open house the previous Saturday.
The dull pink tone of the canvas was the result of the wiped-out painting.
A couple of unique things from the beginning: First, a rich color on her face that ranged from light brown to ocher to muted green. Second, her massive hair with much color and shine. (As I surveyed the pose at the beginning of the session, I commented, "That's a lot of hair, Gabriela.") 
I wanted to keep her hair simple and not have it dominate the painting, but in the end I couldn't resist the temptation to lay in some cool highlights on the curls.

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