Hi all. I'm starting a painting at last! Here is my set up and sketch. As you can see the cast is too big to put a lid on the shadow box. The tracing paper you can see hanging down is a compositional study to find the edge of the canvas (something I've been dabbling in on my drawing). I am going to paint in more of a layered approach but in a sort of half Impasto style, so I am not necessarily waiting for layers to dry.
You can see below, my first layer. It is a monochrome with burnt umber straight on to white cotton canvas. I wanted to focus on values before worrying about colour. The Canvas is actually very small which doesn't make it easy at all, but once I have my technique down, I will go bigger (currently 20x29cm)
This is about two layers of just burnt umber thinned right down with turps and then the lights rubbed out with fingers, cloth, brush handle, cat, whatever is handy really
I am posting this to get advice on how to paint really, everything I have learnt is from my own discovery and places like this. So any help would be much appreciated.