Although there are four feet in this composition, there is in fact only one hand. I personally find hands to be considerably easier to paint than feet, although they are arguably equally complex, and much more expressive. I suspect this is in large part due to the fact that hands are much more often the focus of observation than are feet, and their form is consequently much more familiar. In any event, this one hand is the one area of this painting yet to be finished.
As with the last step I will restrain myself from delving into a lengthy technical explanation of the processes involved with painting the hand, but will instead include several images that should offer all the explanation necessary. The first image is a sequential depiction of the progress of the hand.
The second shows the two different palettes used, the one on the left for the roughing in phase and the one on the right for the refining and detail phase.
The third image I am including for anyone who may be wondering what exactly I mean when I refer to a ‘relatively large brush’ (typically used in the roughing in stage) as I often have in past posts. Hint: the relatively large brushes are nearer the relatively large coins.
The fourth and final image is of the finished painting. As usual, I have to say that this is not the best image of the painting. In general, the colors are slightly bled out, and the image is too bright, the contrast too low. All of these are due to limitations of my camera and the fact that the painting is not fully dry or varnished. When I have a better image (once I have the painting professionally photographed), I will post it.
Until then, enjoy this finished painting and, please, write in with your final comments and questions.