Blogging a painting: IV


Highlights and shadows.  Do I start with a dark hand and paint in the highlights, or start with a light hand and add shadows?  I seem to remember reading that Greek icon painters did it one way, and Russian icon painters the other (can’t remember which way round this went.)

I usually start in the middle, by painting the whole hand with that mid tone on the wrist, then I’ll add dark and light, in that order.  However, with such a limited pigment range, I think the hand looks a bit 15th century.  So I’ll probably add touches of other colours – blue/grey and beige/green – later.  Always steal from the masters.


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