I had enough established in the figure where I could go back and add additional shadows or color or high-lights.
Other times, I am lucky enough to get a good start, AND a photograph to work from at a later time.
This is the painting from the live model I was trying to finish today.
I first worked on covering all the areas that were still very light or white - like the drapery and the table she was sitting upon. I want the nightgown to feel very crisp and light against the deeper colors. I am also trying to keep the pallette "antique" looking - creams, umbers, grey-blue. It's coming together, I like taking a break and taking photos - it helps me to see what I need to work on.
Not quite done yet (and I appologize for the large letters!) I don't quite know what to do with the table area - how much detail to put under the drapery. I'm happy with the blue drapery and all of the color I am bringing into her nightgown. I'm also liking her hair and bun. What I want to keep working on is pushing the value range and establishing the light source.
I will keep you posted! Hopefully I'll be able to concentrate a little more tomorow...today Jack was sitting next to me, painting, eating, slurping hot cocoa, making butterflies, squashing play-doh...all the while giving a running commentary of what each activity was doing (it was a singing commentary to boot.) If anyone is pouring, I'm drinking.