As promised, here comes a post about step-by-step painting.
After deciding the motive (which is a very long process on its own) I started on the sketching.
Next phase - a first layer of fastdrying paint is applied. Since I paint very thin with oil color afterwards, it is good to know that all parts of the canvas has been covered entirely in paint at least once.
This painting was easy to work with in the sense that it has three clearly divided parts; the brick wall, the head and the background.
At this stage, it was way to Disney-like. But that is ok since it was the first layer. I have a tendency to "dull it down" afterwards anyways, so it is good for me to have contrasts and vivid colors to work with from the beginning.
I've left the left side kind of rough. I like the idea of soft versus hard. I've also played with different materials, latex included, to create other textures. Important to remember, you can never apply other materials after using oil color.
I got the inspiration to this painting from a sketch I did in 2007/2008, picturing a young woman partly hiding behind a door. I think I know where I have it so I can show you later!