A little Mozart goes a long way in setting the environment for me to paint. The photo of this elderly chief was one of the ones that I found on Flickr, probably taken late in the 19th century or early in the 20th. He has the look of profound world weariness. Hope I did him justice. I might add a few details later, but need to sit with this for a while to gain more insights. The mouth doesn’t seem quite right…and so on. Painterly details, you understand.
Update: Reworked the neck and clothing area, plus a little around mouth. Also experimenting with a skin tone “recipe” from an art book. Frankly, I like my own mixtures…Learning as I go. Portraits are interesting and demanding due to all the different planes, tones and tints in the skin. Also, acrylics are kind of harsh. At some point, I’ll break into oils, just have to work up my courage and arrange an area for wet canvases to dry.