Turkeys for Easter! Well actually a few days before. We were on the phone the day before yesterday with Karen Reif, a good friend and collector when I gasped, “They’re back! Our Turkeys are back.”
Wild Turkeys are indigenous in this part of Texas. Last year we had a family visit our bird feeder every day for several months. We got to see the four babies grow from chicks into adults. Looks like we might get the same pleasure this year. They love to take dust baths in the area where we burn brush. You can see the pile in the top right picture. Unfortunately we are in the middle of a drought so we can’t burn. So I guess our turkeys won’t get any dust baths until we get some rain.
OK, back to work. I’ve shown the color mixes I use for skin tones in the picture above. You can click on the image to see it larger.
The top row is for the upper portion of the face. The colors are mixed from varying proportions of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darkest mix at the left end of the row.
The middle row is for the central facial band: the ears, cheeks and nose. The skin is thinner in this area and blood vessels are closer to the surface making it redder. The mixes here are made of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + a little Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue + White. Mud is added for the darker shades.
The lower face colors are made of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The two mixtures at the right end of the row have some Cobalt Blue added.
Unless someone is out in the sun all the time without a hat the forehead area is generally lighter and more yellow than the rest of the face.
The ears, cheeks and nose are painted with the middle face colors. Stuart has heavier facial hair than Ben so I use more of the blue grays in his lower face. Right now my objective is to get the canvas covered, not to achieve an exact likeness. I will come back after the entire face is blocked in and begin refining the details. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik