About This Painting
The following may only be interesting to other artists. It’s a long-held principle that a good portrait has a reduced set of values. Five values is common among the great painters, especially seen in the work of John Singer Sargent.
I decided to give it a try, and I started by mixing 5 equally-spaced values using a mixing knife and two tubes of oil paint: raw umber and titanium white.
I quickly painted this head study starting with my darkest dark, then filled in the rest where appropriate.
Two values for shadow, and 3 values for the lights. ◙