Sharon masked her lightest areas before beginning to paint.She painted a wet-into wet background with the board turned upside-down. The basic skin tone was burnt sienna. Other skin tones would have tiny amounts of alizarin crimson or burnt umber added.
Sharon paints washes on small areas, rinses the brush with water, and adds another wash beside it. The modelling is achieved by the use of a darker skin tone on the outlines and shadows.
Sharon's painting tips are:-
Don't worry about pre-stretching the paper.
Fill a brush with soap and roll it before dipping it into masking fluid
Don't let the edge of a wash dry as you are painting it.
Don't go back over a wash until it is dry.
Don't leave masking fluid on for more than 24 hours.
Put salt on the paper before the paint has soaked in.
Sharon takes commissions for paintings and special occasion cards.See http://www.sharonhurst.co.uk/ for more information.