03 February 2008

charlotte

Arches CP 300 gsm, 14" x 10". 1.5 hours.

this is a freehand portrait of charlotte, done without a pencil underdrawing or grid. i started with the eyes and went from there.

the skin is gold ochre, burnt sienna and venetian red. the hair is sepia tinted with cadmium red, nickel dioxine yellow and pyrrole orange. the eyes are cerulean muted with cad red; phthalo blue tint for background.

i enjoyed painting this, and especially tried to capture the far away, introspective depth in charlotte's eyes.

1 comment:

RHCarpenter said...

Wistful longing. I think you've captured that well. Gorgeous soft muted colors, too. The eyes are bright but realistic and don't overtake the portrait at all.