The bottom two are from the previous couple of weeks but I am in a rut. They are OK but I am shaking things up, looking for something more abstract and interesting. Unfortunately I chose to change my approach at the same time as changing my support and this weeks figure is painted on the new Arches Oil paper and is the first time I have used it. Its lovely to paint on but completely different to the slick smooth supports I usually use. Its much more absorbent and you really need plenty of paint, it took me a while to get into my stride if I ever did. I usually sketch in an underpainting in burnt sienna or similar, placing the figure accurately as possible from the start. I approached this more directly, roughed in the the big shapes, the big colours and values and then carved and refined as I went before finally attacking it with a palette knife. All the while I'm trying to think cool and warm, light and shadow, and shapes not detail. This will take a lot more practice and mental adjustment, more dramatic poses and lighting would help but I'll see how I go for a while. I'm looking to keep my colours cleaner and brighter for these quick oil sketches and not necessarily realistic. I just noticed how similar all these poses are, I think I need to stand somewhere different next week!