chiaroscuro, so I would like to establish my darks at the beginning. I want to have the subject emerging from the shadows -nestled if you will.
I am using Ivory Black, with some turpentine to keep it loose and flowing, to lay down a base. I will go over this as I progress through the painting, and "deepen" it in places by adding more opaque paint. I also added a touch of the Raw Sienna in a few places near the figure to keep the shadow a little warmer. Ivory Black is a very cool color that leans heavily toward blue, but with my Raw Sienna wash underneath, it should give it some warmth. I will glaze in some warmer tones near the end if it is still too cold. I want to create a womb-like image, so warm rich shadows (where appropriate) are what I'm looking for.
What I have found thus far is that the oil based primer coat is very absorbent. I wasn't expecting this. Usually I can get my paint to run when it is loose, but not with this stuff. I think I understand what it is doing. It is binding with the paint film by absorbing the oils and solvents. I think it is going to make a great surface as I get more and more paint on the board. I'm interested in seeing what happens as I build it up more and more.