I started off by watching a few videos with my favourite, Will Kemp.
Colours used, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Mars Black, Raw Umbra and Titanium White.
I put down a wash of Neutral Gray (grey) on old damaged canvases
From the Colours on my limited palette I produced colour strings by mixing the colours.
This gave me a feeling of the range the palette offered. Although they would be a bit 'bright' for the subject of my first portrait which, as you can see, has a very pale complexion.
I then sketched the model onto my canvas, at which point our visitors returned.
Tomorrow we are catching the Ferry to Ireland and return: Duty Free Christmas shopping trip. It's going to be Sunday before I can paint again!