Sunday, January 09, 2011

The last drop



I had started a portrait of my grand daughter ages ago, then go sidetracked but today I thought I'd have another try using the same reference photo.  She was about two and it was just after her bath. She stood by the window in late evening light, eying up my camera, which was the incentive for staying still long enough for me to take a couple of shots. Its called 'The Last Drop' because, if you look closely, you'll see a little drop of water on the tip of her chin, as she was too impatient to be dried off thoroughly, wanting to get back to where all the people and action were.


This is the piece so far after about a half day's work on it.  Its acrylic, 6 x 6" on canvas board and I'm working the layers up slowly and will start adding more glazes to deepen the colour.  Her skin is very pale and there are a lot of cool blues in it, but I don't want to overdo it, so the glazes will be warm.  I also need to darken the shading on the right side of the face that has more shadow to it.  Again, it must  be subtle so I don't overdo it or make it muddy.

7 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

Can't wait to see this finished but also anxious to see new photo of her and what she looks like now.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanne...I don't show images of her online as a rule but can email you a photo of her so you can see the nearly 4 year old.

RH Carpenter said...

This is unbelievably beautiful.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous portrait. Her eyes are so clear - they feel like they could see right through you!

Phil Davis said...

This is lovely work, look forward to seeing it finished.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Rhonda, its coming together.

Pat, I keep tweaking the eyes to get them just right. They really do make or break a portrait.

Phil, thank you. I'll keep working on it this week and post updates as they happen.

A Brush with Color said...

So lovely, Jeanette! The drop of water is priceless!