The Portrait Project: Three + Four

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I don't know what it is about setting a goal, a solid goal, to create something whole every day, but it seems to be so incredibly inspiring the moment I do. The Portrait Project is very time consuming, as you could imagine, but there's a drive behind my work right now that is unmatched to any other project of mine. I think the drive comes from a specific desire to learn and an equal desire to grow. After all, that is exactly why I started this project, to learn and to grow; to learn more about portraiture, and to take my technique and abilities to a new level. And of course, to share my art with you and capture you in paint!! Portraiture has always been my great love when it comes to making art, and I could guess that it forever will be. 

Highlighted in this post are paintings from day three and four. Day three (shown directly above) is a portrait I have been wanting to do since December. I shot the reference for it out under a large tree just before the sun dipped below the horizon. You know, that moment just after the golden hour has passed when the light turns brilliantly cold, and then it's dark in an instance? That was this hour, and it was beautiful. Additionally, this sweet girl couldn't have had a more harmonieous expression. She was a great model! 

Day four (shown above) is of my niece at nine months old. I wanted to capture the innocence and the quick cheerfulness of her. I debated for a long time to paint this one or one of her in full grin, but I love the anticipation for the viewer of this. It's almost if you smiled at her as she is painted here, her face will light up and she'll smile hugely back at you. I'm not sure, what do you think?

Sometime next week I will be posting about how you can be involved in this project! I want to paint you and your loved ones! I want to capture you with paint. Stay tuned! You can sign up for blog updates to the right under "Subscribe" if you want to be one of the first to know! Or, as always, follow me on Instagram or Facebook (links are also to the right.) Thanks for following along. :)

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  1. Love this painting of our sweet Brennan!

  2. I love these, Sarah. You are so beautifully talented. :)

    1. Thank you, Morgan! Fun to chat a bit today! :)

  3. Love these! Found you via instagram...your work is incredible!

    1. Wonderful, Kaylan! I'm glad we can connect! :) Thanks for following along.


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