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.
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.
When my client ordered the portrait of this Schnauzer, she told me that the dog had very long eye lashes. She wanted ...
The Court Dancer
"The Court Dancer" Oil on Panel ~ 16 x 20 inches This painting has kept me pretty busy for a while and I am l...
Poodle Portrait 565
This is a small 4x4in portrait of a little poodle I recently finished. The painting started with a photo that was ...