Let’s Begin Painting

SL9514 Marley Bear step 5

The background will be painted first, my color mixes are shown above. #1. The three globs are mixtures of Sap Green + White in various proportions. #2. Three different shades of Viridian Green + White. #3. Pthalo Blue + White. The three pools of color to the left of mixture #3 are washes made of Pthalo Blue + Liquin, Sap Green + Liquin and Viridian Green + Liquin.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 4

To start the background is washed in with the thin oil mixes. This gives coverage near the edges of the canvas. That way I don’t have to paint that area as thick and the sides of the piece will dry more quickly. Since it’s a Christmas gift that makes it much easier to frame.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 6

Now for the opaque oil paint. The warmer greens (Sap Green + White) are used to the left of Marley. The cooler mixes of Viridian Green + White are reserved for the area to the right. Those bushes are farther away so I want them to recede. This follows a very simple rule: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 7

Now let’s get to work on Marley. My mixtures are shown above. #1. This is the basic pink for Marley’s top and shorts, Alizarin Crimson + White.  #2. The shadows for her clothing, Alizarin Crimson + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. Many of our readers have asked how to mix skin tones so here we go. Group #3. All 6 blobs are Terra Rosa + MUD + White in various proportions. #4. Terra Rosa + Alizarin Crimson. If you are painting people, Terra Rosa is a must have color. #5. Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. #6. White + a touch of Terra Rosa. #7. Cerulean Blue + White.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 8

Marley’s forehead and the sides of her face are painted first with some of the darker skin tones. Then work begins on the hair, working into the wet paint of the skin makes it easy to soften the edges.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 9

Next I establish the shadows and basic planes of her face. Using the mahl stick allows me to steady my hand as I work on the fine details.

SL9514 Marley Bear step 10

WHEW! Got Marley’s face almost done. I’ll come back in and make a few minor adjustments later but it’s really close at this point. If you would like to view this or any of the other pictures larger just click on the image. And please, always feel free to ask questions! Hugs,

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