It's always a relief when I reach this point in a portrait. Its time to leave the head alone and focus on the clothing.
|And then I worked in the lighter values. The next step was to blend the lights and darks at their edges to that they transitioned well with soft edges.|
|Stage 11: The hands. I started the hands by blocking in the light and dark shapes. This underpainting helped me see their shapes in the simplest of terms.|
|Working wet on wet paint, I then applied the second layer with additional color and values.|
36 x 24", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson