I have a fear of painting people. I cannot even imagine doing a portrait. For the past several days I have been debating on deliberately focusing on people or buildings and perspective. Guess what won?
As with many of my paintings, this is from an image on Pixabay. A girl is lying face down on white sheets; she wears a grey T-shirt and her face is not visible. It would be easy to try to put in facial features and overwork a picture, and this is why I chose such an anonymous person.
At this point, I am simply looking at proportion, light, dark, shadows. In general, this worked out okay – the right hand is a bit off, but that is not what I was aiming for. I worked to keep everything simple, as well as use up paint on my muddy palette. I added zinc white, of which I am using a ton, as that has been missing from the muddy palette for weeks!