Starting with an interesting, evocative photo is key to a successful painting.
In 2004, I had such a photo of our two year old grandson, and, not sure if I could do it, thought I would give it try. I soon felt the excitement of seeing the likeness come to life on the blank canvas, and have enjoyed the challenge of painting people ever since.
I endeavour to portray the subject in a particular moment in time.
l like painting the person from the back, asI feel it draws the viewer into the scene. Front and side views allow the viewer to make a connection through the eyes, and facial expressions. The challenge is getting a good likeness, but also capturing the essence of the true personality. when it all works, it is very satisfying.