Portrait painting for my little girl

Last time when I took my little girl for 18 month check, we waited a while in the patient room. I tried to keep her in good mood and she was laughing. I took several photos with my phone and thought maybe I can paint a little portrait for her. This is considered as a challenge because it is usually difficult to paint someone you know so well. Not to mention to show the painting to family and friends who also know the person so well.

I picked one photo and started with underpainting on canvas. There was some delay in the middle of the process but finally I finished it. My husband wants this painting in his office so I frame it. After showing it to grandparents (my mom and dad), they are pleased that the painting indeed looks like my little girl, haha.

Well, to me, it feels better than self portrait. It is so weird to paint self portrait. At least I am not use to it yet. XD

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.