I thought I'd share a few details of the portrait I painted in the video I posted last week. The layers of colour, both opaque and transparent, are visible here, along with the flaws which could be considered errors but I really love that imperfection. It really belief in perfect imperfection. In my daily life, I need a lot of order but when it comes to my artwork, I like to leave things feeling much more painterly.
I also wanted to share my colour palette. I don't think it is typical of portrait colours but I love vibrancy and tend to step out of the box with colours in all of my paintings. The basics are titanium white, sometimes unbleached titanium or burnt umber, pthalo or prussian blue, pthalo green, dioxazine purple, cadmium or hansa yellow, cadmium orange (I've begun enjoying the cadmium-free colours by Liquitex), alizarin crimson and also napthol red (not pictured). My preference is heavy bodied paint, not only for the texture but for how far I can stretch the colour just by adding water or thinning medium.
One of my favourite things about working on these smaller 8x10 gallery canvases is the fact that I can take them anywhere. I still love working large, but these are certainly handy in summertime.