My idea called for a special color to tone my canvas.
I took some leftover paint from one painting, added to it a bit to adjust it, and toned a linen panel with it.
It dried for a day, then I marked out my drawing lightly with vine charcoal.
Started painting with the lights this time.
Had my mid tone already.
Then added details only in the center of interest.
"Nicho" start, 10" x 8", Frank Gardner © 2008
"Nicho", 10" x 8" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2008
I kind of like how it looks in the top photo as a finished painting itself, but it did not fit well in the series like that.