I try a little different approach on Max by covering the entire surface of his face with a light wash FIRST. Then I come back in and establish the darker areas. It’s easier to work the shadows into the wet wash than it was on the dry canvas like I did on Alex’s face.
I “Lift Out” the highlights on Max’s nose. This is done using a clean brush dipped in a little paint thinner. Dragged over the washed-in area the tip of the brush pulls the oil wash up, leaving the clean white surface of the canvas. You can see this better by enlarging the picture, just click on the image.
Bracing against the mahl stick stabilizes my hand as I define Max’s mouth.
I take the same approach on Ted, beginning by washing over his face with a lighter-value tone. Next the shadow areas are developed.
The mahl stick is pulled out again to steady my hand as I delineate Ted’s lively eyes.
Jennifer’s face is done in the same technique. Working wet-into-wet is easier for me. This is personal preference, some of you may like washing the shadows over a completely dry canvas.
Jennifer’s cross is “Lifted Out” of the shadow wash on her neck.
Our family is washed in and we’re ready to start applying paint in our next session. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs,