I was impressed at how well the mix of Ultramarine Blue and Raw Sienna compliments Matthew's skin tones. I think the blue grey background fits nicely, especially since I will be working in the blue shirt he is wearing in next week's class.
Besides the fascination with technique, the whole aspect of realism painting is becoming very zen for me. My painting time each week is turning into this haven of calm...something I look forward to. I laughed and called it "my form of Nirvana" the other day, but it's really becoming true: I just "feel" better when I paint. You can't really think about your life and the world around you while you are there in front of the canvas. There is just too much that goes into thinking about color, form, and how everything is relating to each other. Honestly, I can't think of anything else that compares to it...maybe yoga.