Monday, January 16, 2012

Dressed in White

8"x10" acrylic on masonite

This little girl was a delight to paint.  I was captivated by her beautiful brown eyes, rosy cheeks and curly hair. She looked like an adorable little angel dressed in white. I just had to paint her.

Painting skin tones is always challenging. There are so many subtle changes in color.  I struggled with it a bit and corrected many mistakes, but overall I am happy with the results. Attached are a few stages of the painting to demonstrate my progress.

Reference provided by Shelldevil DA


  1. Brad, es realmente encantador este retrato. Sé lo difícil que es retratar a un niño, porque siempre se corre el riesgo de envejecerlo en nuestro empeño, pero tú has sabido captar la vitalidad y dulzura de la niña. Me gusta mucho. Si me permites el atrevimiento, quizás el fondo, en la zona del pelo, la parte hacia la izquierda que enmarca el pelo, hubiera podido quedar más diferenciada, el cabello rizado es una dificultad añadida en ese aspecto de resaltarlo del fondo. De todos modos es precioso.
    Un abrazo en esta fría mañana

  2. Ahhh! She is adorable!! You done brilliantly with the skintones!

  3. Thank you Margarita and Azra! I appreciate your feedback!

  4. Oh Brad! This is an outstanding portrait. You captured such a beautiful expression of a child. And beautiful job on the skin tones. Great job.

  5. Thank you very much for sharing your work with us, we have been very good.
    Greetings .-

  6. What a doll! Great fresh colors, Brad...very appropriate to the subject.

  7. Wonderful. I like seeing the steps taken and the process. Lovely.
    Have a wonderful creative weekend,