Young Girl

by Julia I. M. Clark
(Spain - Valencia)

Innocents

Innocents

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.

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shadows
by: Shadows

Lovely painting.. It reminds me of an old English tapestry. As for shadows .. Be bold.. I was just taught this and was surprised how well it works. Remember, too the hair has shadows, form and sections. What I do is a lot of 'studies' on cheap paper and often do them with charcoals which are less costly than good points.

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well done
by: Anonymous

Well done. I struggle with the color of the face you have captured this very well. Irene Ann

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nice
by: Anonymous

Thats nice, but you could try reviewing the hair - think of it as blocks of shape instead of a a flat object. Also, the eyes would do well to have some stark contrasting white reflection, which would make them more lifelike

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