(Advice for other teens) "Although life may be tough, it always goes on. There will be bad days, but more often there will be great, sometimes amazing days. Things aren't ever as bad as they seem."
Becky was a fabulous model, so full of life! She insisted on smiling for her portrait, which is not easy for 4 hours. She reminded me of Cameron Diaz, but unfortunately my portrait doesn't do her justice!
This was painted on Raphael oil primed portrait linen, with no tone on it. It was hard for me to paint on white canvas, I am so used to starting from a mid value grey ground. The surface was very smooth and slippery, and hard to get the paint to stick on until there was a second layer. I can see why oil primed linen might not be the best choice for alla prima painting, unless it has the right tone applied first. Switching from bristles to softer sables helped, because the bristles kept scratching the surface. I struggled with the surface for the entire painting, and didn't really get where I wanted with this one.