Here is an update on this piece.
Actually it is now nearly finished but i am having some problems uploading photos to the blog at the moment. I will post the next few stages soon.
You can see in this pic that the first layer of colour has been put over the burnt umber under-painting. The figure still looks quite brown at this stage but the next few pics will show the natural flesh tones develop. I’m sure that most artists would have covered all the white areas of the canvas long before this stage, generally speaking you should of course do this, but i quite like to keep the white around the figure sometimes. I like the look of a tight tonal figure painting against stark white.