A Fun Portrait



I was commissioned to do a portrait of two little girls. From past experience I knew that they wouldn’t sit still while I painted them. I decided I would take several photographs of them and try to work from those images. The younger child sat on the floor and grinned at me the whole time. The older girl cried and tried to run away. I didn’t quite know what to do. Finally it was decided to get out some crayons and a coloring book. She still refused to look at me, but became quite enthralled with coloring. I got down on the floor  with the camera and started shooting.

The painting turned out quite well. Actually, the older child seems quite charming as she concentrates on her crayon, while the baby smiles away, very happily. I’ve painted this very loosely – or should I say I did it in an impressionist manner. I portrayed an atmosphere more than a photographic image. I hope their mother will always remember what it felt like when her babies were young.

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January 12, 2008

Nicole @ 9:56 am #

This is a very tender painting. Good job, Daddy!

Suzanne @ 10:51 am #

I love this painting. You really captured the feeling of the children.

Jennifer @ 11:16 am #

Children are constant motion, and it is nice to have a portrait to portray that as well as a little of their personalities.

January 13, 2008

Christine @ 9:02 am #

I knew these children from church, and I think you did a good job capturing their looks and personalities. I think this is a very good painting.

January 16, 2008

Margaret @ 8:17 pm #

You certainly captured the spirit of small children at play – good job. I love the non-posed look you portrayed, so typical of little ones, even though together, each doing separate things.

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