"Cassidy", oil on linen, 9.5" x 15"
I've been away from the easel for a few weeks, and was feeling rusty when I went to my friend Bill's studio to paint Cassidy last night. I decided to make things as simple as possible for myself, spending time on carefully drawing the underlying shapes and finding my darks and lights with a neutral color before adding any color.
I used Burnt Umber, thinned with a bit of mineral spirits to lay down the drawing and find my darks and lights.
Gradually, I built up the color in thin layers, using the initial drawing as my guide. Approaching the portrait in this measured step by step approach kept me on track and in control.