For the first time in at least a decade. Can’t believe I had the energy! In the afternoon I did a mixed media study of Anna, and in the evening began this second portrait of Shakrah.
It really helps, just like the toned gray and tan papers I’ve been using for my drawings! Starting with a midtone somehow makes everything easier.
I also drew a quick sketch with charcoal on the canvas to begin, which I haven’t done since college.
I usually paint completely alla prima, directly on the canvas with no underpainting or underdrawing at all. But I wanted to get the feathers in!
Shakrah’s headpiece, which she made, is so tall I knew I had to adjust the proportions and figure placement!
You can see the first portrait I made of her here. I am thrilled to be working with Shakrah again as she is excellent company as weil as visually inspiring and the sittings fly by.