Thank you Jan and Terry
Jan I actually like painting mouths and teeth, I was a bit worried about the little girls teeth as she is at the ugly teeth stage before she grows beautiful young lady teeth.
I decide my background will be a mix of greens and blues, to indicate a grassy BG as in the ref picture, so I lay in colour using sap green, winsor blue ( the green shade) and winsor yellow. also painting the area between the mother and daughter with winsor green and winsor blue. I do this wet into wet.
I continue to paint in the girls hair with different mixes on my palette consisting of the colours I have used in her skin tones. using the colours from the skin tones gives a "colourful" more interesting hair than using browns. I like to lay a blue over a crimson and make lovely colourful hair. By trying different mixes of pigment you can achieve lovely hair colours. I have also glazed with a watered down winsor green as you do find shades of green in blonde hair. Rememeber to let each layer dry completely before adding another glaze, otherwise you can create a muddied colour.
My ref pic is a tad dark so I have decided to go lighter in my tonal range.
Next I lay a wash of winsor yellow over the mothers face, let it dry and then lay permanent carmine over the darks like her forehead, under her chin and arm.
These two peas in a pod are sunburnt as most Aussies who live by the coast usually spend way too much time in the sun. So i debated whether to include the sunburn, i didn't want to go too red, but did decide to add the depth of red to her arm and under her chin, as it did tend to set her back in the composition. She is actually laying down on the grass and her daughter is leaning up on her elbows, thats why her head seams bigger than her mums. So thanks Terry for mentioning the dark red of her arm in my other thread, I do see how it could look a bit overbearing.
I continue on the mothers face by glazing skin tones over each other, really looking to see what colours are where. Also painting in her eyes, I lay a yellow wash in her eyes under the blue. I paint the whites of her eyes with a watery mix of beautiful blue I have just discovered called Manganese blue. I also indicate the shadow of her eyelashes at the top of her eye painting in the same blue mix with a tad more blue and a tiny paynes grey.
To paint eyebrows I first lay in a watery wash of a dark, it is usually a purply pink with a slight touch of green to knock the intensity back. This wash is the shape of the eye brow. Then when its dry I will add a few hints of hair with the same colour, i use a watery wash as it wont leave too much of a distinct line. You don't really want eyebrows that look drawn on where you can see each and every hair. It is the same with eyelashes, you want to just indicate that there are eyelashes, don't paint each one in individually. If I find my eyebrows are not dark enough, I will wait till my painting has developed more before adding more wash to the eyebrow, then it is easier to decide just how dark to go. I find it is better to be a tad lighter than darker.
I lay washes of colour in her hair and also lay a blue wash on the left side of the girls face. Cool colours recede, where warm colours advance, so a cool wash of blue on the side of her face will cause it to recede and show the side plane of her cheek.
This is where I look at the skin tones and adjust them by more glazing. I use a gorgeous Warm Orange, slight touches of winsor green, winsor violet, permanent carmine and winsor yellow to keep building on my skin tones.
This is how I glaze.
I usually use a No 6 oval wash brush, the one I have is an Art Basics brand, squirrel mix. I love it, it has a lovely point on the end which really helps to get the paint into the little pointy areas, and gives nice edges.
I load my brush with the colour I want to glaze, its usually a watery mixture as I do lots and lots of layers....
I lay the wash into the desired area ( I mainly do sections at a time, not the whole face in one go.. you end up with a dull boring skin tone otherwise) then when I am happy with that I rinse my brush in clean water and gently take out the excess dripping water with a tissue and I paint in clear water from the outer edge of where I have painted, where it is dry, and brush back into the wet. This helps the pigment I had layed down gently merge into the paper and you end up with a really lovely soft skin tone transition... if that makes sence
very hard to explain I tell you....
Sometimes I dab with a tissue...
I paint in her necklace with my colourful blacks and her chain, which has been negatively painted.
When painting teeth, I use colours from the skin tones to add shadow.(purple, blue, crimson) Teeth are usually darker at the sides of the mouth and if you don't give them a darker tone then they will sit flat and not look like they sit back into the mouth.
Here is my finished portrait, There are still things that I am not happy with but I don't think I have every painted a portrait that I was totally happy with. There is always room for improvement.
Please ask me if you have any questions or if you have any constructive comments, it would be much appreciated.