Work on the face. Knock back the background. More work on the face and dress. Her right eye is knocked back because it is about to be repainted on a different position. Face, hair, hands and dress worked on.
Open Portrait Exhibitions are looming on the horizon. It is time to start a new portrait. Sarah kindly agreed to sit for this portrait some time ago. So I have reference photos, a colour study and now a canvas built to size. The first photo shows just how rough the initial mapping in is. The figure is refined a little still trying not to commit myself too much at this point. A blocking in of dark areas. The last images show lots of work on the background. Two days work to get to this point.