I was working with Nupastel on a brick red half sheet (about 12" x 19") of Colourfix paper. I was struggling to get the shadows as rich and deep as I wanted - I just didn't have a dark enough brown. So I started incorporating some deep prussian blue, a little black, deep burgundy and brown into the shadows. Where there was a bit of reflected light on her legs I used some brighter turquoise.
But, poor model, this was a very strenuous pose on her shoulder, so we took frequent breaks to let her relax and de-numb her arm. As she was resting, she was sitting in a position much like this one, and we all agreed - let's cut the lounging pose short and move on to this pose!
The pose and lighting are very similar to pieces I have been working on in black and white - it was interesting to take that practice and turn it into a more colorful (yet still subdued) interpretation.
This was one of our warm-up poses, about 20 minutes. I still ave to play with it a little more - especially the yellows which came out more acidic than warm. But I like the diagonal lines and her pose, as well as the cast shadow on her torso. It has some potential, too!