This is a work in progress of Ashley in a sitting pose. The piece is a 30" x 40" oil on canvas. I prefer close cropped compositions as they bring the viewer in and allow a shared intamacy with the image. The set was lit with full spectrum daylight bulbs on one side and an incandecent lamp on the other. This brings forth an ample range of cool and warm tones on Ashley's skin and creates an interesting tension between inside/outside. I have employed the dead palette which limits the pigments to Yellow Ochre, Transparent Yellow Lake, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Mars Violet Deep, English Red, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White, Mars Black & Blue Black.