Childrens Painted Portraits
Children make wonderful subjects for portraits, Despite the difficulty they present owing to their age and inability to sit still for any reasonable length of time. All portrait artists resolve this problem in various ways. I normally spend some time to begin with in chatting and getting to know the children and hopefully to make them feel comfortable and relaxed with me.
“Just a few lines to let you know my husband was speechless when he say the portrait of Ben. His reaction was a gift to us all. Thank-you so much”
I usually begin by making a pastel sketch of the sitter no matter what medium is finally used to paint the portrait. This will have been discussed beforehand with whoever has commissioned the portrait. Many like my pastel portraits and so I will continue with that unless oil or water colour are preferred.
One helpful way to put children at ease is to involve them in the initial stages of their portrait. We look together in a hand mirror and I invite them to help me to choose the colours from my box of pastel pencils, the colour of the eyes, hair, skin and clothing. It is important to me that the child enjoys the experience and will look back with pleasure in later life on their visits to my studio.
“…it has been lovely having Sylvia here with us. The portrait is a delight and John and I are so pleased with it. It is such a wonderful likeness”
I have received many grateful and complimentary letters from both adult sitters and the families of children who’s portraits I have painted which now adorn the walls of their homes
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