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Old 10-20-2019, 06:56 PM
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Woman in a Green Hat

What started me off here was seeing a portrait with a red background and being instantly intrigued. Such a strong color for a background!

This one was done slowly over a few days, so I remembered to get wips for it. First I had to play around in my sketchbook to come up with my subject:







I prefer to avoid graphite in OP's, so the sketch on the Arches oil paper (9x16) is with soft pastel pencil:







Did the background first - Cray Pas Specialist venetian red, smoothed out with Turpenoid, then added another layer of the red and blended in some Mungyo Soft Gallery carmine, and some black. I've not used my Specialists much and they blended well with both the Turp and the Mungyos. Yay!








Worked from the top down at that point, so the hat was next:





I made the mistake of penciling in those pupils at the start, and they were starting to freak me out a little by then.

Skin tone was Neopastel beige and Senns luminous yellow, blended, and Senns rose ochre for the mouth and in the cheeks:







I used Marshall's photo oil pencils for facial and other tiny details.

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Not a lot of color imagination here: green over red. But I had fun working on this one since I don't do a lot of people and always struggle. All C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:35 AM
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

Thank you for sharing your process! I haven't worked much with reds so it was interesting to see how you pulled your background together, it is very rich and supports your portrait beautifully.

I like the hint of collarbone and her hair - light and wispy. An attractive lady under her pretty hat!

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Old 10-21-2019, 12:42 PM
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

Thanks so much, Mary! Yes, I am a big fan of wip pics, both looking at others and posting mine when I remember to take them. I moved slowly on this because of uncertainty with the subject as well as the background color, so that helped me remember.
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An unusual color combination. It reminds me of the dark red in the old hotels, gaming facilities. Very nice.
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

Hi Terri, very pretty lady! I love her hat! The deep rich green and red look harmonious together! Cool experiment

One thing I would adjust if I may... her skin color looks a bit too pale for me. It's okay even if it's pale, but it creates such a strong contrast with rich colors around the face that it pops a bit too much (or it's just my screen settings...) Maybe if the skin tones are adjusted to a little darker hue, it will look even better. Just my 2 cents
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

Thanks, Christel and Mira!

Mira, she looks a little darker IRL. But too dark and the whole painting would look too dull, she's meant to pop to avoid flatness across the board. I dislike muddy looking flesh tones.
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She's wonderful, beautiful painting.
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I like how you built this up Terri. Starting with a line drawing, I like how you fill in with deep color. That strong red works well with the greens you chose. Nice work!
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Sarah, Rich - thanks to you both!

Rich, I had no photo ref so thought a sketch worked out in advance would give me something to work with. I'm way out of my comfort zone here. The sketch just drops off at the bottom, so I still had to come up with some way to complete the painting. Graphite was easier.
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

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Mira, she looks a little darker IRL. But too dark and the whole painting would look too dull, she's meant to pop to avoid flatness across the board. I dislike muddy looking flesh tones.

Gotcha yeah, if the skin tones are a little darker in the real painting then it's perfect

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I had no photo ref so thought a sketch worked out in advance would give me something to work with.

Oh, I missed that there was no reference! I was sure you had one. It looks pretty thought-out, like there was a clear image behind it
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

I like the complementary colors, Terri. The piece seems playful. Reminds me of pen and ink drawings from the '20s and '30s.
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Re: Woman in a Green Hat

Herb, thank you so much! Across the room she does look playful and I'm happy with how the colors turned out.

Mira, the only reference for the painting was my graphite sketch.
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