Before I can start the portrait based on the preliminary sketch shown in the Feb 6 post, I have to get my materials together. Mostly that means I have to clean up from the last painting. Maybe that's why working on the computer is so inviting. No mess. Of course the problem there is I have to share it.
I have worked in oils, pastels, colored pencils, etc. but have settled on acrylics till they invent something better. They are very versatile, archival, and odorless. Here's the setup I have just to the right of my work table.