This is a 50 minute painting demo I did for the "Girls and Flowers" event last night. The model is Jennifer Fabos Patton of Gallery Girls fame~
This is an oil painting on a new traditions oil primed linen panel. The painting is in about the middle stage that I go through when creating a finished painting. I have already painted the shadows and done the main lay-in in thin oil. I use just turpentine for thinning the paint, or straight oil paint in that first stage.
Here, in the second stage, there is also the beginnings of the more opaque colors in the cheeks, nose and parts of the hair. This second stage is where I make my color choices for the various tones on the skin. After this stage, if I were to continue, I would continue to add the opaque paint, in the highlights especially, and smoothly blend it into the shadows and other opaque paint areas. The final stage creates a continuous, smooth and mor realistic skin tone.