I have made a start on my latest, and here is the first part of the underpainting using only raw umbra.
|27 x 19.5 inches|
Oil on stretched Italian linen
I always rely on the eyes to make my portrait work, here the eyes aren't visible so quite a challenge for me. As if the lighting wasn't tricky enough.
I'm letting it dry out overnight before completing the underpainting tomorrow.
I really do love the Pre-Raphaelites and am trying to paint under that influence. The two paintings influencing me here are Holman Hunt's Light of the World' E R Hughes's Midsummer Eve. Hughes was Holman Hunt's studio assistant .