For this painting, I wanted to use the photo but make some changes. A greenish background and red hair were the changes I wanted from the dark red background and dark hair of the photo.
I began this one on Tyvek, something Myrna Wacknov paints on all the time. I drew it while looking at the sketch (not the photo) I did in the recent portrait workshop, using a red watercolor pencil to draw on the Tyvek. This stage is just the first layers of paint. I'll do the mouth and darken some features before I do the eyes. Right now I think I'll remove some of that ear, blending more hair around it, and widen the hair mass on her right side (it looks a bit thin right now).
I like the texture of the Tyvek. It is all through the paper so you just work with it and accept it in the skin.
I am going to let my students have Tyvek paper and try it out next week during our regular class.