Saturday, September 17, 2011

Portrait study

Ever the frugal artist, I was at the end of my palette after finishing up a few oil paintings, and used what colours were  left to do a quick study of my youngest daughter when she was 3 or 4 years old.

I'd put out a tub of blackberries to thaw on the kitchen counter and found young madam tucking into the frozen berries with a spoon.  I found the photo while looking something entirely different.  It was meant to be.

This is the progression with no initial drawing.  Sometimes quick studies are the easiest and most accurate as I tend not to over think them.


vivien said...

I totally agree with quick works often being the best - instinctive, not overworked.

This is a delightful portrait :>)

Lydie said...

Beautiful !

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
Boy! I'd sure be happy if my leftover mud could become such a wonder painting!
What a great expression you've captured here. It certainly exhibits an "economy of line", if I may borrow something said to compliment the work of J.S. Sargent. Economical, yes, and chock full of emotion and feeling.
I'd be proud to put my signature on this, Jeanette. Congratulations.

Jeanette said...

Vivien, there is definitely something to be said for working quickly and loosely.

Thank you Lydie.

Gary, I don't think my inflated ego can get through the door now after your lovely comments. Undeserved, but thank you.

Simplicity and first thoughts/reactions work well for me in painting. I've screwed up many a painting by going back into it too many times and not believing my first strokes.

Sue Pownall said...

This is lovely. I especially like the expression you have captured, full of cheekiness & innocence :D