I am working on a commission and painted this lady to sort of warm up. I use this pose a lot in my art - I just really love it. It turns out to be called Contrapposto and has been an important element of painting and sculpture. It is when a figure is standing with their weight on one foot and sort of twisting from the hips. It has been important because it captures a psychological disposition in a pose. To me it is an extremely emotional stance.
I also thought I would share my pallette. I often wonder what colors artists use so I will try to remember....
Van Dyke Brown
Red Oxide (I have recently fell in love with this color- but a little bit goes a long way)
Chromium Oxide Green
Permanent Green Light
Hookers Green (Liquitex - it makes a difference - Golden's Hookers is much darker)
Hooker's Green (Golden)
Oh for the skin I pretty much always use the same colors with a few exceptions.
Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue
I paint the skin in lots and lots and lots of thin layers. I also often make a smoky hazy glaze out of white, prussian blue and van dyke brown if it is getting too cartoony.
It is hard for me to remember sometimes so as I paint a painting every paint I use I put in a basket as I go. That way when I pick it up the next day I remember how I got my colors.