It seems that I’ve found some motivation in this painting.
I working hard here to round the forms of the body. I started with the knee as the shape was fairly simple and within it is all the major values and colors of the rest of the figure. I can establish a basic value and color reference for the rest of the figure in one small space while at the same time define some ideas for texture and three dimensionality.
Here is a tip, green and blue, skin just doesn’t look right without a little green and blue. Don’t believe me? look at the veins in your hand…
The photo that I’m working from is of great quality and it allows me to really see the imperfections of skin. I thoroughly dislike paintings where skin is depicted in super smooth doll like porcelain. That’s not reality, imperfections it what makes this interesting.