then attempted to copy his technique (the classical one, apparently) of a green underpainting for the face with this:
which has been left to dry for a week now. (Last week we prepared the whole canvas with a wash of brown thinly diluted with turpentine, so technically I guess we will have worked on it for each of the five weeks.)
We then went and did some work with actually applying colors to a canvas, starting dark and going to light, trying to do a temple that was "a favorite of Hogarth's," the temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Getting it all in five layers was pretty much impossible for me - I have a hard time seeing the world in even shades like that. But we did learn things like that black was the most expensive color in Renaissance Venice, as creating a good black is done by dying a fabric in "all of the colors" - red and blue and brown and green. Thus, because it was expensive, black became fashionable (the first goths!). And it was found by analyzing a paint sample from Titian that he created his blacks in the same way - by layering on the colors.
Anyway, I'm finding this a great way to spend my Thursdays, although I doubt I'm learning a skill I'll have mastered to an extent that I care to continue it once the class is over - still, it's fun to give it a try and I am definitely learning.