Some children have the most beautiful eyes. This little girl’s are no exception. When I look into her eyes, I see and feel her beauty and loveliness. She is a sweet heart. Her eyes say it all.
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 x 40 x .75 inches
Original: SOLD – Private Collection
Signed bottom left
I lay down the blue and green areas first. Lots of blue and green areas in this painting. I want to get a good base reference for the other colors I lay down later, especially when starting on the skin tones.
At this stage, I lay down the flesh color. All I’m doing here is laying down a good base for the detail work I’ll be doing later on down the line. No need for detail work. I just need to establish a good reference color for colors I apply later.
Some of the water detail is painted at the top of the painting. You can really see the water patterns take shape in the back ground.
Green is added to parts of the water pattern in the background and darker flesh tones are painted in. The face now starts to take shape as the darker areas are painted in.
I paint in the subtle detail areas in the water here. You can really see all the detail work in the water background now. Since I’m using blue, I decided to give the eyes a quick pass with the base color. Some darker green is applied to the hat and red color painted onto the lady bugs pattern.
Here, I add some red tones to the face of the little girl and darken the green in the shadows of the hat. The red color in the face brings out a more natural look.
A deeper blue is painted into the water background, giving the water greater volume and depth. It also creates more depth and volume in the water.
The eyes are painted in darker and some of the eye brow area is painted in with blue. The lips are darkened and more detail is painted into the red bathing suit.
Yellow is added into the green hat and some aqua blue is painted into the water. A darker tint of reddish brown is also painted in the shadow areas of the face.
More blue is painted in the water background and a light blue tint is used for the white lines of the bathing suit. A bit more green is also added to the blue water.
A toned down blue is introduced into the skin to reduce the intensity of the reds and oranges. Black outlines are painted on the ladybug patterns and a deeper green is added to some parts of the hat.