Things, art wise, are slowing down here a bit. All of the summer shows are done and it is time to work on some of the things that I didn't have a lot of free time to do in the busyness of summer. So I find myself returning to portraits. For those of you new to my blog, I will let you know that I am kind of obsessed with portraits. I'm not very good at them - yet - but am set on learning as much as I can to get better. I love to see a well done portrait and am fascinated with how those artists who really do it well, can capture their subject. So usually in the late fall, I set aside the florals for a bit to concentrate on learning.
First portrait project up for the season - Sophia Joy. She was wearing this wide brimmed garden hat one day and I stopped her long enough to take a few photos that I then tucked away for later. This was from my favorite pose. I am a sucker for the coming out of the darkness feel. It was taken in the middle of the summer so she had really sun kissed cheeks. Love those!
Overall, I am happy with a lot of things about this painting - as far as "learning" paintings go. But I also tend to be my own worst critic and am frustrated to no end with the mouth. That is so not her mouth. I don't know what it is about mouths that really flub me up. But yikes, do they ever. Sooo...the learning process continues.