Mallina looking left

Mallina is a lovely model with olive skin, and I really wanted to emphasize her skin tone -- and her cheerful expression.  I also wanted to experiment with composition, so I moved her to the right of the picture.  (Usually I have the model gazing across empty space.)  I struggled with the shape of her shoulders; I probably should have blurred them more than I did here.  Also, the likeness is close but not quite there.  I needed another couple hours of tweaking to get it right.  Still and all, I'm pretty happy with this picture.  It captures her good cheer.

When I first started painting, I had little interest in doing portraits.  Now I love to do them!  If you're interested in sitting for a portrait, please let me know.  I'll supply munchies, television, music, or anything else to keep you entertained while I paint you.  :)

 Geoff Watson, "Mallina looking left," oil on panel, 11" x 14," 2018.

Geoff Watson, "Mallina looking left," oil on panel, 11" x 14," 2018.