This is the exciting part! It’s where a personality emerges from the hideousness, where little tweaks here and there can transform the painting into the person.
I’m at the fiddly stage. I have drawn and painted this little cutie a number of times but always seem to forget that she has a particularly prominent forehead. So I fiddle around with the shape of her head. Then I fiddle around with the shape of her mouth. I’m thrilled to see the cheekiness creep in. Then I move on the hands. Hands are always fiddly.
I tackle the other hand in the morning. I leave the hands and body fairly sketchy so as not to distract attention from the face.
I add more red and gold to warm the piece up then I try to unify the colours in the painting.
Child portrait painting allow me to be expressive and playful. My subject here has a wonderful exuberance and throws herself at life. She’s eating a watermelon, making a hell of a mess, and loving it!
I created this one for me, for fun, which allows me to be as outrageous with colours as I like. If I am lucky, others will like it too.