**See Part One of this project here.
After the black and white layer, I started to add color. I like to work on the background at the same time as the figure. The reason is that if I paint the figure first and then go back and do the background last, it messes up the coloring of the figure. In a painting, the true appearance of a color depends on what is next to it. For example, the same green will look different if it’s next to a blue as opposed to a yellow.
Maria, the woman who commissioned the portrait, asked for a beach at sunset for the background. I didn’t want the sunset to appear too traditional and found a picture that I took in Turks and Caicos a few years ago for the reference.
It’s always a little blurry at this stage and gets refined as I work on it. I’ll be back again soon with the finished product. See you then!