Friday, February 14, 2014
On my daughters third birthday my niece Kim and I took a number of photos of her doing all sorts of cute things a three year old would do. Blowing on a dandelion puff was one of those things. Both Kim and I took a photo at the exact same time. The first photo I used for reference was an almost three quarter turn; I painted that one when I was just learning how to paint. It's titled "A Summer's Wish" (see below). Kim and I could never figure out whose photo reference was whose. I had Kim sign a contract for the first, so I am assuming this photo reference is mine.......I'm sure Kim will agree ;) Another painting I did from that photo-opt day was "Wanna Play" (see below).
Last year at the art show "Straight From the Art" with the Night of Artists group, I showed what I thought was the finished painting. When I got it home and hung it in my studio I realized it was far from finished and processed to work on it again. I readjusted the background, which seemed flat and added more highlights, worked on the eyes and hair a bit more. When I thought I was finished I again hung it back up. After a couple weeks I realized the shadows on the dress and face were not dark enough...so I worked on it again. I feel confident now to say it is done.....at least it better be because I just had a professional scan made of it, and once that's done, I am reluctant to change a thing.