HI! I'm working on a portrait..miles to go still!! I'm trying to decide upon a background color that will enhance rather than compete or wash out the portrait. This is what I have and a unhappy with it. I will paint in her dress - dark blue and pink to better judge, but I'm thinking this bg color is too drab..any ideas??
I've taken the suggestions for which I am very grateful, and came up with two possibilities - a grayed blue, and a grayed blue green.. I first blocked in the colors of her clothing..have to go back and soften & refine, add a bit of detail. Also need to add highlights to her cheek, nose & lip..wondering about glazing her skin to add some warmth--
I decided on the blue gray - actually it's ultramarine blue, midvalue gray, also added some violet and a tough of chrome oxide green in areas & blended it with a mop brush..I think I'm nearly there with this painting..my last hurdle is whether to fuss with the clothing..not sur I'm liking the way I've faded it out, but also concerned that I'll overkill and mess it up!!
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