It's paintings like this one when you really curse yourself for not having a decent camera and/or photo editing program. According to my monitor the hair is more orange, the background more yellow, a little more pink in the skin tone, yet the shirt is relatively accurate. Such a drag when you know the paintings is better than the photo representing it.
This painting started off with a minimal amount of paper on the board. I wasn't sure how it was going to play out, but they pretty much got covered over in the end. The piece in the upper right was very textural and that is why I used it in the first place - more of an experimental piece. The other pieces did dictate the color and value of the background however.
I think I have said this before, but I seem to have any easier time of it working from a black and white photo. Maybe that is typical... I don't know. Anything goes. I guess it's like painting a purple cow... although I'm such a wimp when it comes to bold colors like purple - especially RED. That is such a scarey color for me.
I seem to want to put things high on the head. My original thought was for the collage piece on her head to be transformed some how into hair, but it ended up looking somewhat of a crown. The cape/drape slung across her shoulder was an accident. (I like when that happens.) I like the juxtaposition of the everyday dress with the regal accessories - to go along with her regal stance.
I felt I needed to change things up a little bit. Painting portraits and figures I feel I tend to get tighter than I sometimes would like. It is amazing how "new" it felt to paint this landscape. It's been about a year since I painted trees - another favorite subject of mine.