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Nothing fills me with more fear than when I have to paint a child. Children are strange creatures with very large heads and extremely soft underdeveloped features. I rarely ever do commissioned portrait work mainly because of a horrible experience that I had several years ago when a client asked me to paint her three sons. They were cute, the client was nice and the photo that I had was pretty decent so I happily went off and worked on it for about a month. When the unveiling came, the look of disappointment on her face made my knees buckle. It was their heads she explained- they were too big. I took a look at the photo and compared it to the painting and explained that it was exactly the same proportioning. She agreed, but had assumed that I would have corrected their imperfection. But then they would look like little men. We have never spoken since.
I should mention that I based Greer on my niece Leanna and there is a good chance that perhaps when my brother and sister-in-law see this they might have a problem with the size of her head as well. However, a pirate hat can hide a multitude of imperfections....
Greer Plans Her Next Adventure (Black Walnut Manor series), 9x12, oil on canvas. Sold.
Max And His Matinee Idol Good Looks, (Black Walnut Manor series), 6x6, oil on canvas. Sold.
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