Saturday, September 28, 2013

Portrait - Daughter on Playground

Back in the studio after a pretty long sabbatical, my first piece is a portrait of my now 4-year old playing at a local playground. I'm looking to bring more of a realistic feel than much of my other work, and started blocking it in today. I'm not sure how it will turn out but I'm looking forward to the journey.

My main concerns right now are being able to command the right values for the skin tone, and in fixing my current perspective issues. That being said, for being rusty I think I'm getting some of the feeling back!

You can see that I've worked a little more on the overhang than the rest. I am going back over the bottom third to add more of a "pull" to the foreground, and will need to do some blending and testing to try to get the skin tone right. There is a local art show in December that I would love to submit this piece to.

I chose this picture because of the life and expression in Abby's face. I absolutely love painting fleeting moments that capture happiness. Needless to say, this piece will most likely stay in my own collection if it makes it through. :-)