Refining the underpainting
I sketch in some texture and a face to further build up this picture. So far I’m just creating an underpainting. I decide to keep this warm, which enables me later to either subtly reveal cooler colours or pop them sharply, all the while keeping the overall gamut controlled toward warms. I start to think about – and purposefully destroy – some edges.
Intuitive texture work
Because I know this is the underpainting, I introduce some unexpected colours and textures. I use the Hard Light layer to introduce some hopefully serendipitous colours and markmaking. All of this is very intuitive, and is influenced by reference painting – usually from life. I feel like an area deserves a purple stroke and so I paint it in, and repeat around the canvas.