Brittany. Alla Prima, Free Oil Painting Instruction, Part 2 of 2
Here I start blocking in the hand and arm, starting with the large shapes first and measuring, measuring, measuring!
Getting into details in the hand and deciding to go with a lighter color for the shirt.
To make sure I get the left arm right, I take a few measurements and sketch in with my brush a few main shapes.
Once again, just slowly going from one shape to the next, fitting in each puzzle piece of the subject. I'm not thinking any differently when paining a tree, arm, or eye -- they're all just abstract shapes, of a certain value and color, in a precise place.
Using some mineral spirits, I think down the paint and wash in some colors to go behind the bamboo on the left. This is mainly just to kill down the white so I won't be struggling to paint in between all the vertical shapes of the bamboo later on.
Changed my mind; I think the girl's shirt was better the darker red, after all!