This was really fun to paint using palette knives. I've been taking an online workshop from Mary Bentz Gilkerson and learning how to use knives and new ways to interpret the landscape. She is a wonderful teacher and I recommend her workshops.
While in Canada last summer we stopped at Athabasca Falls. The water is a lovely turquoise. Wikipedia explains why the water is this color: ARock flour, or glacial flour, consists of fine-grained, silt-sized particles of rock, generated by mechanical grinding of bedrock by glacial erosion or by artificial grinding to a similar size. Because the material is very small, it becomes suspended in meltwater making the water appear cloudy, which is sometimes known as glacial milk. When the sediments enter a river, they turn the river's colour grey, light brown, iridescent blue-green, or milky white. If the river flows into a glacial lake, the lake may appear turquoise in colour as a result. When flows of the flour are extensive, a distinct layer of a different colour flows into the lake and begins to dissipate and settle as the flow extends from the increase in water flow from the glacier during snow melts and heavy rain periods. Examples of this phenomenon may be seen at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake in Canada, and Gjende lake in Norway.
Because of the many values this was a difficult painting, but one in which I learned - again - the importance of comparing values throughout the painting. I squinted and scraped and repainted to achieve the results I wanted. I'm pleased with the outcome.
I never tire of painting faces. Although, we all have eyes, nose and mouth each face is unique and presents it's own challenges. When I began this series of mugshots I had no idea I would get to 119. With each painting I've learned something, sometimes technical, sometimes emotional. I hope to continue this journey with many more faces.