Sunday, 7 January 2018

Let's Start Painting the Background

As I move along the 5 figures, painting in their legs, I will do the background at the same time.  They are all sitting on a bench, so I decided to fill in the gaps with soft folds of material.  I'm doing this at the same time so I can feather off the flesh tones into the background while the paint is wet.  I want these folds of material soft with no hard edges, and fairly random.  I started with the darkest darks behind the material, then just streaked in various colours that I have used for the portrait.  I never introduce new colours just for the background - I like a fairly limited palette if I can to keep the painting consistent. 

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