I brought this portrait home for the weekend to live with it in different light. I used to do that all the time - tack up my pictures and just get to live with them in all kinds of light or angles. Since my studio has been away from home, its something I rarely get to do now.
I found that indeed the picture was too red when there was a direct light source - be it natural or lamp light. When the light was very like the light in my studio (indirect sunlight mixed withoverhead flourescents) the reds were not too intense. Weird.
Anyway I resorted to washing a layer of raw umber (a very green light brown color) to knock back the reds. & here it is after that straight off the camera with no adjustments. I can't wait to put that last bit of hair at the top of her head, but I have classes all day today so I won't get to it until tomorrow.
For fans of all things colored pencil - the CPSA Explore This show is now displayed on the web. http://www.cpsa.org/EXHIBITION/EXPLORE.THIS/Explore5/Expl5PShop-Revised/index.htm#7
The Explore This Show is a show the CPSA puts on every year for work that is colored pencil + mixed media. This is the first year it is just an online show and that they are not allowing pure colored pencil works in. They also have made a signature status just for the mixed media show which I think is a fabulous idea. I don't work in mixed media - but I know so many colored pencil artists that always add a little somethin' else in their work, so I'm glad that they can now get the recognition they deserve.