Portraiture – Works in Progress

Got back into painting a bit this week. Inspired by the smiley faces of my nieces, I have painted a quick acrylic sketch of them posing for the camera in their new princess dresses. I hope I have managed to capture the freshness and aliveness of them, and the joy and fun. As well as relationship between them.

By painting this large scale (A1?) painting, I have successfully ran out of the paints I had remaining, other than the blue ones. Thus used them up in a self-portrait sketch I made the following day. This has been painted al fresco, without any preparatory drawings, just so with the brush on the canvas. I felt a bit like a sculptor exploring my own features and the final result does have tactile and haptic qualities, I think.

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