Portrait Workshop with Laura Wenman

The Laura Wenman workshop was a great deal of fun and most informative.
She started the workshop with loosening up by mixing the paint required for the portrait. Her colour preference (limited palette) was based on the warm and cool colours required to lift and recede the different planes of the face. 
Laura started with a coloured "turpsy" ground of burnt sienna and a small amount of Ultra Marine Blue. (UMB). Then the head shape was mapped out with a grid/ mask over the face in 1/3ths and 1/5ths. We drew in the hair outline (no more) and the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. We then added the dark hair, leaving the highlights unpainted. Then the goggle effect with the eyes deepening the plane of the face with eye sockets.
The dark tones of the skin was painted in with a no 12 brush. Then, using a 6 brush, we shaded/ scrubbed in the mid tones. After that we added a little linseed oil to the mix of turps to add in the highlights. The painting is not finished but that will happen on another day. The top 3 photos are Laura Wenman's. The rest of the photos are the progress of my attempts at the portrait and a couple of the rest of the class and my painting so far!