Letting the underpainting show through

     The first stroke you make on a canvas is always perfect.  It's the second stroke and all subsequent strokes that can ruin everything.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply leave a painting alone.   Here I enjoyed some happy color and texture accidents  in the initial lay-in.   As I finished the work I decided it would be a poor idea if I covered all that lovely under painting completely.  This close-up shows areas around the head with nothing more than the initial stain of color on the canvas.  Perhaps the viewer will think I ran out of paint.