It has been several years since I painted portraits. I chose a subject that I knew very well. I put fresh oil paint on the palette and got to work.
Loose brush strokes
I wanted to achieve a likeness but keep the brush strokes loose and lively. I like loose sketchy lines and open areas of canvas. Being able to see the action of brushstrokes makes it feel more fresh and interesting to me.
The main emphasis is on her eyes. I spaced the other darks in her hair and background to make the eye flow around the composition. I chose colors that complemented her hair and complexion.
I emphasized the earrings because they hold a special memory from her great grandmother.
I loved being able to give her something special for her birthday. She will be able to hand this down to her children.
Future generations will be able to see her beautiful, warm smile in a way that photos can’t capture.
Happy Birthday to my daughter, Darcy!