I got a new book on oil painting the other day. "Fill your Oil Paintings with Light and Color" by Kevin D. Macpherson. In it Kevin stresses the importance of a good start. He suggests making a hundred starts just for practice, so this weekend I started practicing starts. The first two I copied out of the book. The second is from life and just the shadows painted in with raw umber. The third painting I did from a figure drawing I made earlier this summer. I got a bit carried away with this one, and took it a bit past a good start. I found another painting on the web with a color scheme that I really liked. So I tried to use similar colors in my painting. I am actually quite pleased with how it turned out.