|Little Miss Sunshine 10 x 8 acrylic on gessoboard NFS|
A warm and wonderful friend shared some photos of her lovely little great-grandaughter. One particular photo really caught my eye. I loved the light on her face, the expressive hand gesture, and her dazzling blue eyes. She was a treat to paint and it was such fun to send it as a surprise to my friend!
Light on her face to be the focus, so cropped and simplified composition and moved hand a little closer.
Softened contrast from what appeared in photo, added more half-tones.
Background darkened, and to keep focus on the face, clothing was painted loosely.
Hair and features are further refined, injecting color into the shadow areas.
Lightened the background a bit and added finishing details.
Little Miss Sunshine - 10x8 acrylic on gessoboard.