I decided to practice painting a child’s portrait in Acrylic paint. The little girl featured on the Wonder Montessori School will exhibit an intense sincere expression of laughter. She will embody health and happiness and, as such, she’ll encourage the pursuit of health and happiness through positive means in the audience.
My photos and descriptions can be studied to learn how to paint a portrait and a child’s figure in acrylic paint.
To paint the child I first projected my pencil draft onto the canvas and traced the main shapes in soft charcoal. I applied a fixative. To control for simultaneous contrast i neutralized the background by applying soft transparent washes.
To obtain flesh colors I mix yellow with red, then I add an hint of blue. I cool and blur the colors with black and white. Here I painted a darker outline and blocked in the main shapes of the child. In this preliminary design the child is kicking her legs happily. This position presents a challenge without a model due to shortening and lack of detail in an imaginary model… ….a detail that will soon be resolved
I am very happy when I paint, because I’m doing something that will help others, even if this help will exists only as implicit positive cognitions. This particular painting will teach children, who will constitute the primary viewers of the mural, that happiness is found in service and care toward the least of us; animals.