I have finished the two portraits I’ve been working on. I am generally pleased with how they came out. I am not sure the green underpainting has made a difference. In my self-portrait, I left the eyes green even though they are actually brown. It supports the notion of painting vs. representational image.
These paintings are recognizable as faces but at the same time are paintings of line, color, shape, gesture and brushstrokes. I am not sure the blue shape works in the painting on the left but that is the reason why I left it that way. The face on the right seems a bit more representational so I blurred the hair/head with the background. I do like how that works. I found photos of some non traditional poses for portraits to help with the overall idea of painting vs. image.