I like a challenge.
Recently I have been getting together with some fellow painters to work on portraits. We paint for 3 hours, and the challenge is always to finish before the last bell rings. After holding a pose under lights, the model is surely done, but are we? These portraits are teaching me to focus.
I call this one “Spooky Light” (oil on linen panel, 11 x 14.)
The old flashlight-under-the-chin trick did weird things to the model’s features. I liked it! It gave me permission to go for maximum drama.
Our model returned for 2 more sessions, so we had 9 hours to finish this portrait. That gave me time to develop the flesh tones, shadows, and some facial details. However, for the next portraits I only had 3 hours each. I had to up my game.