Teddy and Me 1

Me and My Teddy 1 12×16 Oil Painting by Winifred Whitfield

Initially I didn’t really notice how complex the reference photo was for this painting. This is particularly important since tend to get caught in the detail. Painting a full body, including face, two hands, two feet, curly hair, a teddy and a bookcase represents quite a lot of elements to try to get “right”. The head alone could constitute a full painting – so, this painting took a really, really long time

I do like this painting quite a lot, though I can still see changes I need to make. I continue the process of observation and making changes until one morning, I look at the painting freshly and I am content.

This little girl is such an amazing and sophisticated “model” for a three year old; in fact she is a substantially better model than many adults. She has a real sense of “creating poses” for a camera – real poses with authentic expressions. What a joy she was to work with. Hope you enjoy.

Will Smith banned from the Oscars for 10 years! YEAHHH! Banned forever would have been good too!

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