I saw my wife sitting by our front window and a soft light was hitting her face. It reminded me of a Vermeer! I said, “don’t move!”, grabbed a box of pastels and began to draw. I started by laying down warm colors, leaving some of the white of the paper to show through. The white gave me a sense of value for the picture. I then added cool colors to the far side of her face, hoping the contrast would enhance the warm colors and create a more dynamic portrait. I love how many different colors I was able to use to define light, structure and temperature.
Art by Greg Betza.
Exercise in Book: Color Study, p 36/37
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