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Thanks George. yes, I agree, there is a touch of halo round the original piece...where I worked reworked and overworked!

I didn't refer to this one while painting the new one and I used a different process for the build up of colour. I find it amusing that the colours in the face look so similar though in the end. I also think I worked the eyes and mouth much better in the new one.
I have a series of WIP images of the new one. Would people like to see them?
Yes Ruthie, we'd love to see them! Then, with your permission, could we copy it to our WIPS section?
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Thanks Deirdre! So, shall I put it here or in a new thread? Whichever you think is best. Of course it can go in the WIP section, if you think it's worth it
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Barb! Thank you! I confess I still haven't finished the actual demo piece...never intended to bring it to a finish during the demo.
This one was my practice piece where I timed what I did and gave a practice demo to my empty studio......glad no one could see or hear me!
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Thanks Deirdre! So, shall I put it here or in a new thread? Whichever you think is best. Of course it can go in the WIP section, if you think it's worth it
Put it here, then all those who are subscribed to this thread will see it too. We'll copy it to the WIP section so those looking for good WIPs can find it easily.
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Re: Girl in Pink

OK, here's the WIP. First I have to confess I traced the outline of the girl. I was pushed for time and, though I can draw, it takes me a while and time was at a premium.

So, after the tracing I used Rembrandt Mars violet shades to get the values down. (This was also the stage at which I started the actual demo to the workshop). I don't always do this but this was my first demo and I wanted to have a value "map" to help me out.

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Re: Girl in Pink

Because the workshop, run by Charlie (Colorix) was partly about using pure colour for the first stages of a painting AND because I like to use pure colour too, I decided that I would use mainly high chroma colours for this stage, while trying to keep the values accurate. Because this girl's skin showed so many colours, reflected light etc, it was not difficult but great fun! The students enjoyed this part of the demo too, though maybe they were a little unsure of the colour choices I made

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Re: Girl in Pink

Then, in my practice, I concentrated on making sense of that colour on the left hand side of the face and completed the left hand eye. Usually I would go straight to both eyes and work on them together, nearly to a finish...but this was to be a demo!

Note the blue in the eyes. I saw a lot of blue there, both in the light in the pupils and in the whites of the eyes.



This was as far as I got with the practice piece and it took me exactly one hour, starting from the value block in.
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Re: Girl in Pink

Time to add some hair as well as carrying on with the next layer to bring those colours to something recognisable as skin tones! For this layer I use mostly Rembrandts, as they are relatively transparent and good for "glazing". I use more muted colours here, raw umber (where would I be without it) mars violet, siennas and ochres. I have no rules as such, I just apply colour and if it is too warm, I apply a cooler shade. if it is too cool, on goes a warmer shade. Too red....I add some raw umber (which to me is a greenish hue) too yellow - mars violet to grey it a little. I use very light layering so I can make several adjustments if needed.



At this point I tried to add some hair which was blowing in the wind to the left hand side of her face. You will see shortly what eventually happened to that.

More later.........
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Congratulations on the sale, Ruthie - it's a beautiful portrait and now some lucky person has it! Thanks for showing the WIP stages. I would never have guessed that you used such bold colors underneath!
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Re: Girl in Pink

Thank you so much Donna!

Right, next stage is simply carrying on with taming those colours working my way from the left side (being right handed). Also time to take the first tentative steps with the background. I'm not sure at this stage how I want it to look but I usually stick to colours I have used in the face, unless I go for a complementary scheme when the background is usually shades of blue or violet. The wispy hair at the side of the face is still unresolved.

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Re: Girl in Pink

Next I step back a little and see that I have brought her hairline out too far on the left hand side. So I adjust that, put in some more background colours, losing the wispy hair but using the colour. At this point I decide to go dark in the background on the right hand side. I like the idea of a lost edge on that side. Also it seems logical to work round from warm, bottom left, to cool on the right. I can't tell you why but, why not!

I do the other eye and carry on with the face, nose and onto the mouth. Not happy with the mouth here. It simply does not look right.

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Re: Girl in Pink

So the mouth gets brushed off and I start again with it. Only subtle changes but it looks much better now. A little bit of blending in the background (the only blending in the whole painting), make some more adjustments to the left hand hairline and cheek, do the neck, pink top and, voila, done!

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Re: Girl in Pink + WIP

I hope you see how much the new version shows real growth in drawing and sophistication- it's a terrific portrait! Congratulations also on the new territory in demonstration-
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Re: Girl in Pink + WIP

I LOVE this one Ruthie!!!!!!! Really great piece!!
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Wow, Ruth, this is fantastic! Everything is perfect, and I really enjoyed your WIP, thanks for sharing that.
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