Smiling Girl

A while back, I used the same reference photo to make a mess. I had wanted to just slap paint on a canvas and have fun. I came up with this:

The poor girl who was chosen for my happy mess, is actually quite beautiful. That is why I had her photo handy. Well, I finally got around to doing a real portrait. I started it many months ago, got the underpainting done, and moved on to other things. I recently pulled out that underpainting and finished it. I wish I had gotten a photo of the underpainting, but I didn’t. So, here is my feeble attempt at a relatively good portrait of this girl.

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. — Charles Dickens

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