by Julia I. M. Clark
(Spain - Valencia)
This is a young girl I painted a while ago while testing out a technique, she's painted with oil paints (and is still not finished). I used a 33x24 cm canvas. The poor old canvas had been painted over about 30 times due to the previous painting eternally going wrong. Before there was a girl smiling with shoulder length hair, but I just couldn't capture the essence of what I wanted to paint.
I soaked the canvas with turpentine before scraping the paint off so I could have a flat, un bumpy surface to begin with.
I was inspired by a technique to paint this portrait, using red as the only colour for shading and detail. Then I moved on to other colours to pick up the darker details.
The most challenging part of this piece was trying to give it a sense of life. I'm not satisfied with it, but as an experiment, I like it.
I'm pleased with the eyes, they give the feeling of tranquility and happyness. I'm very happy I was able to capture this feeling.
If I could do something different with this, I'd re-do the top of the nose between the eyes. I still have to teach myself how shadows form on the face to make a more realistic feel.