This is an unusual portrait for me in many ways. It is very small, only 6 by 6 inches. The light source is very cool which is not my usual preference. But I loved the way the north lighting played on the child's sun-deprived skin. I kept the colors much more toned down than I usually do too--it just seemed appropriate.
One of the wonderful things about being human, is having free will! I enjoy the look of empowerment that children get when they realize they are free to exercise that will. I enjoy exercising that will as a painter. Why lock yourself down into a specific palette, technique, or methodology? I like having choices, and Sammy does too.
As a side note, this painting enlarges beautifully! Brush work is important to me and...
Israeli born, Talya Johnson is an impressionist artist and graphic designer. She's influenced by the light, color and brushwork of the impressionists; as well as the depth, luminosity and draftsmanship of the old masters and academic artists. Her colorful works can be found in numerous private collections throughout the globe. Original oil paintings and fine art prints by Talya are available at Town Square Gallery, in Wasilla, Alaska. Talya is a founding member of Painted Ladies, a group of dedicated women artists committed to supporting and promoting fine art.
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