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Portrait Painting Plus!

I’ve been using increasing layers of glazing in my landscapes (see Changing Light over The Downs and On the Tarka Trail – landscape and seascape page) which I love. The beach foreground on On the Tarka Trail has such depth and a slightly ethereal quality, particularly in the early evening light. But! They do take time to dry and need patience as each layer is considered and applied, leaving me ……. time! I have used my time between layers/drying to get back to portraiture, drawing in detail, measuring, angling, shading, going back and correcting until the image captures the person. Time consuming, requiring immense concentration but thoroughly enjoyable. The more detailed my land and seascapes, the less I enjoy them finished, the opposite is true for drawing portraits. My need to detail, detail, detail is soothed! This is ‘Tim’…. not quite finished, some shading to do around his clothing, but he is nearly ‘there’.