I have wanted to paint portraits for awhile. But not necessarily in the traditional sense. Instead I like to approach it from a more natural setting. Sort of like the posed photo vs. the journalistic approach. Definitely there are merits to both. I think I just like the figure to be doing things or engaged in something instead of the camera or viewer. More like capturing a moment instead of a pose.
Fortunately, I have lots of photos of my nieces and I can use them as experiments. Children are just fun to draw and paint. After sorting through boxes of photos, I found several from our beach trips over the years. This one is from maybe 5 years ago...Katherine's first trip to the beach.