18" x 24", oil on wood panel, 2019
Pencils (with circle).
I felt the composition needed something in the upper right, so I drew a circle there, but I don't think I'm going to keep it as a clearly-defined shape.
Along with the shadows, I blocked-in the dark background and softened that circle in the upper right. I'm still not sure what to do with it...
Blue highlights on right.
The right side of the head and neck weren't looking right until I realized I needed some definite blues (rather than trying to make it work with pale violets) and then it all came together. Now for some blue highlights in the coat...
Close-up featuring ear.