Another small portrait:
The Sweetest Little Princess
12 x 10 in. Oil on canvas
In this one, the challenge is to get the beautiful innocence of this little girl. The trusting look.
My standard here for the lips is Jan Vermeer, his 'Girl with a Pearl Ear Ring'.. painted in about 1665, I don't think it's ever been surpassed... the combination of tiny specular highlights and the colouring are really special.
I want to get the lips in this painting to have the same sort of fresh modelling... a tight control of the colour and intensity of the paint... I think Vermeer has captured a fleeting magic moment where his model is unselfconsciously turning, her lips are not closed, but the overall impression is fresh, spontaneous, and relaxed.
Nothing wrong with aiming high...
And I want the hair also to look light and free, and the eyes need to be just right.. so a few challenges here.. a long way to go yet...