Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Sophie, from France, was my partner in the annual wetcanvas portrait exchange this year. The photo she sent me had two light sources, a warm and a cool, so I decided to change it to one light source and eliminate blue from my palette entirely.

There was some violet reflected light in the reference that didn't add anything, so I deleted it.

I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, raw umber, yellow green and ivory black. The absence of blue kept the portrait on the warm side and I liked the result.

9" x 12" oil on canvas

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