I started this new portrait yesterday. First I sketched in where all the features go then I did a wash with oil paint (I’ve done this technique without a sketch too). Then I wiped back the light areas using a paper towel and sometimes a little turpentine, and painted back in some of the dark areas. I haven’t done this technique for starting a portrait for over a year, I had forgotten how effective and quick it is to get the whole painting moving along all at once. I stated painting the mouth in color.
This is an image of my friends mother from the 1960’s when she was in her 20’s.