Things are starting to look like something now, so here's a first picture of Alexander at Sauder. I can now see that all my abstract hooking and palette dyeing has pushed me in the direction of Expression. It is slightly more abstract than Impressionism, lending a less naturalistic color scheme to the subject.
I also chose to eliminate straight line hooking, and move to pebbling as much area as I can. I am still contouring the face by pebbling in the directions of the face contours, so that the face takes a shape.
I am hooking this piece entirely by value (VIP Hooking), having marked my drawing from lightest to darkest areas and hooking the different colors in the ascribed values randomly into those areas. I am using all eight values of eight different neutrals and rosy browns, one red, and three different blues and blue grays.
Neutrals and rosy browns:Chesterfield 152; Faune Brown 114; Blush Red 113; Rosewood 138; Red Oak 144; Sea Shells 142; Applewood 147; Butterfield 122
Red: Ring 'O Rosie 161
Blues and Grays: Alexander Blue 109; Gossamer Gray 131; Shades of Dusk 123