8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I had a great painting day over the weekend. I was in the zone for most of Saturday. I painted almost all of this painting that day. The portrait alone would have had me pulling my hair out. The little girl has dark skin and because she's back lit, it was hard getting just the right balance of features and shadows on her face. I find painting nature difficult. I guess I am not bad at it because I have some great comments on the way that I handle certain landscapes, but it is not a subject I feel comfortable painting. When your painting nature you have to constantly edit because you can't paint every leaf or twig. So you are constantly asking yourself what is important. Then you paint in the important stuff like it took little or no effort at all.