Saturday, March 05, 2011

Little Girl

Little Girl
6 1/2" x 8 1/2" 
on a 1/4 sheet 
Fabriano Aristico watercolor paper. 

Painted this today for a February portrait challenge.  Reference photo by Grunge from the Wet Canvas RIL.  One of the challenges I'm finding most difficult is to get smooth shadows plus not have them looking like bruises - especially on a young child.  Whle painting this, I kept thinking cool light, warm shadows.  

So how to make a warm violet or warm green.  I used viridian mixed with raw sienna for the greens. The purples were a mixture of cobalt or fr. ultramarine mixed with cad. red light or perm. alizarin crimson.  The warm skin tones were a mix of raw sienna, cad. red light and quin. burnt orange.  The cool tones were perm. alizarin crimson and azo yellow. 


Pat said...

She looks very good, Ann.
There's always so much to think of in a portrait - but you make it look so simple. xx

Unknown said...

So many beautiful things in this painting! I love the little girl's hair.... it's so perfect!
Great job!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

She's wonderful! Great job!

Ann Buckner said...

Pat, Katherine, Kimberly - I'm tickled you like this painting. Thank you.

debwardart said...

Good job!

Mermaid's Palette said...

Nice work, Ann! I admire the way that you make portraits look easy!

Linda Roth said...

Very nice work. The skin doesn't look blotchy, it looks shadowed like a child pouting. I like it and it goes with your terrific rendering of the hair. Be proud. Great job.

Ann Buckner said...


Thank you all. Your comments mean a lot.

Fay Akers said...


Ann Buckner said...

Thanks, Fay! :)