Four hours of painting child portraits today in the vein of my monthly challenge. Three hours on one, that I failed miserably with, and one with another that I failed somewhat with.
Here's number 4 in the succession
I completely overworked this, got caught up in trying to achieve a likeness that I didn't step back to get a better idea. It's stiff and stagnant. Some good things I think are the loose background and some areas of the clothing. I will try this same one again until I get it right.
So after being so tight and sweating the details, I rebelled and approached this portrait with a loose fast brush. Get in, get out. Unfortunately this too looks nothing like the inspiration, but I do really like how I captured the light. That pleases me ;)
Brushes down for the day. Tomorrow I will continue and perhaps find a happy medium between the two approaches of today and hopefully be able to capture a better likeness of the subject.
*EDIT - I couldn't help myself, I went back into the fifth portrait,
Subtle changes and photographed in daylight. I think it makes a difference and I am much more pleased with the end result.