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Round and round the painting

Starting a new portrait of Laura. Laura has very fine pale skin with hardly a wrinkle in sight, so is quite difficult to paint.

There are many ways to paint something, and the way I was taught was to block in the whole canvas roughly with colour blocks, and then to go round and round gradually refining shapes and adding more accurate colours.

On the left is the first round, and below is the second.  It becomes a gradual process of correction and detail, and seeing it like this,  I'm anxious to start the third round.

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