The best gift of all is life. Just being here, with choices.
Grandchildren are a gift in themselves.
A last minute decision to paint likenesses of all four (for Christmas gifts) has meant for a week of concentrated painting sessions. Yippee!
I am working from photographs, so there are limitations of course. But, two down, two to go. The first one needs some adjustments, so I will post some images of the second painting.
Because the background stripes might have overwhelmed the picture I washed them over with some clear medium mixed with a small touch of whitish blue. I have masked up a square painting surface on the white board – hoping for a spectacularly clean finished edge!
When I see the images in this sequence, the painting seems to weaken as it “progresses.” Some adjustments needed here too! I have found with children that the drama of too many strong planes of colour ages the face considerably, so perhaps I am working a little too much against that.
It was pertinent to read Aline’s latest post about portraits and likenesses. I am thinking of these as likenesses!