Dress up boxes are great gifts for kids. They have so much fun being whoever they want to be with no expectations. I guess I shouldn't generalize--adults can ham it up when given the chance to let their guard down.
"767 Confidence Comes With the Hat" acrylic - 5x5 in
In addition to portraits, I have been struggling with a large painting, a still life. I've tried many different background (wall) colors, but nothing felt right until today, not even the artistically logical ones. I hope to post it this week. This painting (above) provided a little levity for me. This little girl could win a cartwheel contest!
Learning to paint portraits is an ongoing challenge. Undoubtedly, the eyes are the favorite part of the painting for me, but often the placement is difficult. It is so easy to mess things up by not having one eye positioned the same as the other. The direction of the "look" is so easily changed by the position and the level of the lids, as well as the little glint.
The nose. That's another story. Noses are all so different and I find them the most challenging. This little girl has a perfect nose with a perfect little triangle at the tip. My version of her nose is not perfect.
Since I have been painting portraits, when I meet someone, I find myself studying the face and the placement of the features. I never paid much attention to those details before. But now they are important. Nevertheless, I keep plugging away. I am running out of photos of people showing no teeth, which look like chicklets in a painting.
"761 All About the Eyes" acrylic - 4x4 in
The Art Ladies visited South Carolina a few years ago to paint marshes. One of the highlights of our trip was to visit Beaufort and St. Helena Island, where we visited the Gullah Grub Restaurant. The Gullah are a people rich with history and culture, living in Sea Island and the coastal regions of the South Carolina, Georgia and Northeast Florida. Bill Green, owner of Gullah Grub welcomed all of us and not only was the food delicious, but the hospitality was warm. Bill's young granddaughter happened to be helping out at the restaurant and was very serious about her responsibilities. She had a face I knew someday I would want to paint, and it took some effort to get her to smile. I wish I remembered her name.
Thirteen years ago, during a summer vacation, my family visited a beautiful gallery with a lovely courtyard and gardens. My daughter couldn't resist plucking a flower from the garden and I snapped a photo of her. I felt so welcome there at that inviting and peaceful place, but little did I know that I would be represented by this gallery many later. I have always loved the photo of my daughter, but now I appreciate it so much more. I enjoyed painting her with her look of happiness and joy over such a simple and sweet little pansy.
With each new painting and lots of study, I am learning. I have
corrected this painting at least a dozen times after photographing it, when errors glare at you. I have to give it up for this painting (for now). As the month nears an end, I hate to see it go, as Chantel's class comes to a close soon. I never thought an online class could be so informative! I will continue working on portraits at least until the end of the year, and then who knows where my whim will take me....