Oil on 9x12 hardboard panel (nfs)
Well, I'm finally getting back to normal after that stubborn virus I had. I didn't intend to be away from painting for so long, but now that I'm feeling better I have been getting some things done. One of them is this portrait painting. It was done from a small photo of 3 girls who are family friends. When I saw the picture, I really wanted to try and do a painting of them. I have only done a very few portraits, and as I was painting this one, I remember why. They are so challenging for me. It took 3 months, and many trials and errors to get this painting to look right. I still see things in it I would like to improve, (values in flesh tones mostly) but I just don't quite know how to do that without creating more problems to fix. So, I will leave it as it is.
I learned a great deal in doing this portrait!! Especially about flesh tones and value!! Wow!! It was really far above my skill level... I have such a huge respect and awe for portrait painters!!