DAILY PAINTING: Glad to be well enough to work again! Though I can feel that the cold is not quite fully gone--ugh! Perhaps I can get some rest and head off a relapse.
Anyway, you see that I've done a charcoal value study (upper) and a pastel color study (lower). The painting is coming along nicely, and I've spent a lot of time "embroidering" the surface with lots of interest. But now I need to focus, balance and adjust.
The value study showed me that I needed to darken the lower left foreground, which I've done in the color study, using Ultramarine blue, which echoes the color already used in his hair. I've also tried to pull the upper third of the background together with warmer colors that echo the warm colors in the face.
Tomorrow's idea will surprise you!