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.