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Although I have already painted the portrait with darker skin tones using the primary colors,  I wanted to do another lesson starting on a tinted background that focused specifically on the portrait.   Painting the background a solid color first, using gesso or paint, is a great way to start any painting.  You can use any color of gesso or paint.  I feel that it adds depth to the painting and gives the painting a more satisfying feeling as you work on it. Plus you can allow some of the background to peak through to add character. 

I used Tinted Gesso + the Primary Colors.


Sometimes when you finish a painting, you look at it and it looks all right and that's a touch of grace.-Jack Tworkov

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