Value studies prove to be invaluable to me when it comes to painting. I took the time to do this value study from a photograph but I did not follow it exactly when I painted the subject for the first time. I am not sure why I over looked the placement of the shadows on the face. It didn't match the photo would be my best guess.
This time I painted the subject two ways to see which one I liked the best. The previous post was the painting that was very formal looking. It resembled the photo in placement of the shadows and seemed more like a commission would be. I imagine most people who do not paint would like it better.
This painting has a quick gesture like quality about it that was not followed through in the first painting. It gives more character and emotion to the little girl. She has a sweetness about her in both paintings but this one seems to have a charm that is missing or covered up by all the coloring.
She shines through in this one. It was as if I captured a moment in time. That would make a good title wouldn't it.