"Mob" Week One

This is a photo taken a day or so after the initial lay-in. I’ve started to lay-in the first layer of color. If this where a contemporary portrait I would be painting alla-prima, or wet into wet, and complete each part in one sitting to maintain a fresh quality. But with this type of subject I work in layers to build more depth and history in the paint. This technique goes a little against the grain for me, Its not easy to leave something unfinished especially when you don’t have to. I see these two men as the most significant characters so I focused on them first.

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