They say that if you want to learn something you have to study, study, study! So it is reasonable to believe that if you want to paint portraits, you have to practice, practice, practice! This week I worked on my fifth portrait. The challenge here was that I was working from a very old overexposed black and white photo.
First, I painted her too pale. I needed to warm up her skin tone, and much of the shadowing on her face was tweaked.
To quote my sister, " WOW . . . pretty damn good. Wonder who would like to have it???? It is really lovely. "