Mikayla, age four
A surprised Mikayla
This is an acrylic painting on a 9 x 12 inch canvas board. The painting was done from a candid photo, taken in her house when she was four years old, while we adults sat at the kitchen table and chatted.
Acrylic painting is a fairly new medium for me and had its own difficulties since I am entirely self-taught. I had previously used oil paints, which blend so much more easily since they don't dry as fast. Still, acrylic is what I had to work with and I wanted to capture those eyes and her expression.
The one difficulty in this painting actually was the shirt. She was wearing a rather homely t-shirt so what she wears in the painting is entirely "invention." While I can successfully paint most things realistically, clothing has been a particular challenge in any medium used and I am usually disappointed at the end result.
Does anybody have any tips on painting clothing to look natural? Books on portraiture skim over that aspect and leave me dissatisfied and needing more.