Then Mary Helen gave a demo on how to do hair and background. She chose from memory a blond haired girl. While painting Mary Helen talked about:
- How blond hair is not just yellow, but that blond hair is created with greens and reds.
- How to utilize positive and negative shapes to create flowing and fly away hair which created movement.
- About the more you mix on the palette you will lose the sparkle of the paint and transparency.
- Too many layers can muddy or dull you colors.
- Let your colors mix on the painting, sometimes using a tender touch.
- Dark behind light brings light forward.
- Warm light into cool light makes interest.
- Value puts together a balanced painting.
This attempt, I feel, went much better. After playing in the morning and watching Mary Helen's demo, I think I loosened up and the colors blended better and softer on her face. The hands, not so much. I do feel I have taken away the techniques on working wetter and how to bleed off to keep areas lighter and softer. Mary Helen showed us on day 1 where to place light in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth to create the illusion of 3D on the 2D painting. This shows on my models lips, nose and forehead.
“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman