Custom Child Portrait

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Some reference photos that my client submit have backgrounds that are not well suited for a painted portrait. For example in this reference photo there was a chain link fence that just did not work as a background. I decided to place the child in a field on flowers and really go for a very painterly approach.  Below are some detail shots of the painting. 

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 I used a lot of short strokes to build up a lush green lawn area and only hinted at the blooms and leaves. The little girl was painted with a softer approach and larger strokes to create the softness we associate with a child's skin.

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