14x11" Oil on Linen Panel
© Vicki Ross
My model is Isabelle Roché, who owns La Maison du Pastel in Paris. Very interesting story...Roché Pastels have been manufactured continuously since the late 1800's...used by Degas and other painters of the time.
I started with a color swatch ala Schmid, mixing two pigments and creating tones with T.White.
This is an in-between process I'm tentatively calling "Freestyle with Training Wheels", because I only did two sessions of Grisaille underpainting. "Compulsory" is with 7-8 layers of underpainting. Kind of reminds one of obsessive compulsive, doesn't it?
"Freestyle" is where I started learning to paint faces, with no grid, drawing, or underpainting. I'd be all the way to 'done' and realize that one of the eyes was 'out of drawing'. My new method is training me to be more accurate from the very first mark.
And, that, my fellow artists, is a good thing!
Had I started with more OCD, well, who knows? At least I know I can do Freestyle, just with less consistent results.