I’ve been working on a painting for a few weeks now of my daughter and I. First time I’ve really written about my process from start to (almost) finished. Maybe that’s why my paints got muddy? Maybe because it was a portrait of motherhood so I try to rework until it looks perfect? I don’t know.
I got stumped on my daughter’s face. I reworked and reworked. I was told to forget looking from the picture and go with my gut. Well, it happened and I was able to make her look like a child. But she’s not quite MY daughter. So, my face is forever cemented with some other child figure. Oh well, you live and learn.
What do you do when your portrait subject just doesn’t look right? What techniques do you find helpful?