I am doing a series of hands. I decided to do hand paintings because I need the practice AND hands are very interesting! They are intricate, complicated and the configurations for composition is endless. It is fun, educational and hands are always available to paint as I always have mine with me!
I start my paintings pretty much the same way...I block in colors...darks, mediums, lights. I try to incorporate interesting color combinations. As I am laying in the darks, lights, reds, blues, yellows, literally every color on my palette I started thinking about skin tones and racial conflict. I was brought up in a military family. I went to school with very diverse classmates. I never thought of color of skin as a difference. As I am painting I realize we all have the same colors...just in different combinations. We are all so different and so much the same. My wish for the world is to be kind...be generous...treat people like you would want to be treated. PSA over...now back to my easel!