Oil on canvas paper
Last night I went to Kate's Studio (Monday night is portrait night). It can be so relaxing to paint something from life, as opposed to the commissions I've been working on lately which have all been from photos!
I may be teaching a workshop in the spring about using a very limited color palette, specifically the one used by Anders Zorn, a famous Swedish painter. Four colors- ivory black, white, yellow ochre, and cad. red light. I've been experimenting with that palette and used it for this painting. Not only will those colors give you a wonderful variety of skin and hair colors, but all the colors relate to each other in a way that they don't with a larger palette. And, as a bonus, it seems to give you more space on your palette, because when you're mixing colors, you can often use something you've already mixed and just add to it.