Today I got to have a long conversation with one of my art friends about the zones of color in the human figure. Now, this is not just any art friend...he's an exemplary artist. (I'd tell you expressly who he is, but I'm concerned he could get bombarded with requests for lessons and he's not someone who teaches. I'm not sure why that is...he's good at it!) Well, he took a lot of time today, reminding me that there are distinct areas of the face and body that receive more blood than other places and that it is mandatory to play temperatures off one another. The biggest thing I took away from the discussion was that there is a lot of neutral (or gray) in the face...but many are guilty of using too much "flesh-color". While I was at his studio I painted a portrait from a photo, and when I got home I did another, mindful of what we discussed. A productive day!
Painting, Celeste Bergin, Practice portrait #2, oil on 11x14 canvas panel