Skin tones. Not skin colors. That’s what I was going for with this one.
The Jazz Man 8X10 oil on panel
Limited palette: ultramarine, alizarin, raw umber, titanium, black and letting the values of light and dark define the features.
I sketched first with vine charcoal on a tinted canvas.
I went at it with squinting eyes to let the contrasts be prominent and laid in the darks first. Then went back into it with lights and mid tones.
Squinting eliminates detail and lets the brush strokes loose.
I did some softening of the colors and features from this step to arrive at the finished one above. If kept at it, I’d have not known when to stop, short of trying for eyelashes. I wanted to capture some essence and not get hung up on details….
It’s been raining for days and after the dry dust bowl we’ve been through the entire summer, we’re now getting 10 inches of rain in 2 days.
In between curtains of falling water, I took clothes off the line and was met by this guy, who also espoused squinting ……
Our local tree frog. In a planter under the clothesline.