Working in greys to challenge myself to try to portray the light on skin and paint a black hat in light and shadow without color. This was done in one session- so working quickly. I was learning to start with an overall light tone and an overall dark tone, in the medium range. Then there is room to push the darkest darks and lightest lights, while keeping the overall dark-light pattern distinct. If that makes sense!
The next several postings I make will be of the tonal studies that I painted while taking Alfredo Tofanelli's class. In this study was trying to find the darkest darks and lightest lights, the movement of light. The lightest light was on her earlobe, but I had to tone it down for the sake of the painting looking 'right'. This is always an issue in painting- whether to be true to what you see, or true to the correctness of the way the painting reads.