Day 4 – When I first started, the were some deep grooves in my ground that I thought I would like, but they went right through her face. I was planning on painting thickly over the face to fill them in a bit. It didn’t work so I ended up going in with a palette knife across the face. I effectively wasted a day and half of work. It was a good lesson because when I noticed it on day 1, I should have just fixed it. You can see the palette knife work on the face below.
Day 5 – finished the first pass on the face and started on the blouse
Day 7 – The first pass on everything but the landscape is done.
I still struggle to nail the capture when photographing my paintings, but am getting better. There isn’t as much contrast as these images might show, but dropping it down in Photoshop drops out other info and isn’t quite right. As I get better and add some gear I have been investigating, I will post more about it.
While the fabric was sheer and that came across in the photos, it didn’t composite that way, but it gave me enough information that it wasn’t hard to make it look sheer in the final, keeping edges soft and diffuse.
I have painted this top a few times now and I love the way light falls through the little holes in the cap sleeves.
I decided to change the flowers from my initial study. Instead of the all white desert wildflowers, I went with some clover flowers.