When I start to paint on my iPad, I really don't know what I am going to end up making. This time I knew I wanted to experiment with skin tones and "building" a head but that was about it.
And I wanted to try a new background. Bright pink hasn't been leading me where I have been wanting to go, i.e., believable skin. I know that the painter Tom Buechner used a green he called goop for his underpainting, so I thought I would start there.
I selected the green of hospital scrubs. I read somewhere a long time ago that they use green in surgery theaters because it is the opposite of blood red. (For this post, I looked it up and found that they also used green to prevent eyestrain. White was too bright. Another reason was to prevent theft.)
Subconsciously, I must have been dwelling on the scrubs connection because this surgeon with his half-glasses began to emerge. In addition, I have had the Henrietta Laks story on my mind, too. So many ethical issues in medicine. (In retrospect, I don't think a lot of surgeons have beards.) I am trying to let myself go and explore whatever comes up and not do too much censuring at this point.