The first image above shows the first wash of oil paint thinned with turp used to tone the canvas and define the subject. Through the years I have learned to work on more than one painting at a time. One canvas dries while I paint on another. It keeps me from overworking any one piece and gives time for the muse to ponder what is best done next.
This second image shows an early stage with the base skin color on the face. Please watch for updates to come in a few days after this layer of oil paint has dried. This portrait will be slowly built up with layers of paint, not painted alla prima as I do on the daily paintings.
You can't wait on life. If you do, you're living some life that's "gonna happen" instead of the one that's happening right now. --Ann Richards, quoted from The Book of Texas Wisdom compiled and edited by Criswell Freeman.