Saturday, April 02, 2011

Painting Kids from Life

I painted my kids as often as a could get them to pose. I always worked from life, so most of my paintings were small, fast, alla prima studies. My kids are now grown, and I am now painting my grandkids. Violet Pepper posed for about 35 minutes on Thursday. Here are a few photos. As you can see, posing is not really posing. Kids move. They wiggle. But if I can get her to look in a general direction once in a while, I can concentrate on the light and shade. Mostly, we talk and laugh. The top photo is as far as I got, before she had to go to the dentist. Hopefully, I will be able to continue this one, because it was a fun start.

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