Thanks, Stroudle! AUGH. Color theory. I'm starting to believe that the only way I can understand it is to just...do it. And you are totally right - focusing on value first does help.
Going to be posting some figure studies soon (soooooon, I promise) but right now all I have are frustrating paintings that I think I should just drop. The first is just some hair practice, the third is a new crop of the old "Time Off" painting, and lighter. Just need to repaint it a bit. The second one is MUDDY, and I am so tired of looking at it. I basically hate everything about it, but I have no idea what to do with it. Helllp.