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Progress of a Portrait

I have been sketching my daughters during this quarantine but both are reluctant sitters. Using photographs always feels a little like cheating, having spent so long in life studios over the years drawing and painting from the model. However, needs must... Someone posted on one of the art Facebook pages I follow that if the classic painters of history had had access to a smartphone they would surely have made good use of them! Haha! Maybe...

So, I painted this portrait from a photo of my eldest, Constance, during a break from her home-learning. It was brilliantly sunny and I loved the way her hair cast shadows across her face.

Here is a sequence of the portrait as it developed over the space of a couple of weeks.

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