Little Girl in the Red Coat Painting

This photo was taken over 15 years ago. I was with my sons in SF Chinatown. They had this great little playground amidst the busy city with grandmothers babysitting their grandchildren. Charming outfits! I got a pic of twins as well as this little girl with the most reddest and most beautiful coat I’ve seen.

She became my inspiration for this little painting, 8″ x 10″. I hope to do a bigger one.

I started off with thumbnails. Normally I would had concentrated on the face but her coat is the main attraction so I ended up capturing her coat and face.

I began with a four color palette to establish values: titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and transparent oxide red.

Because she had a bright red coat, I added cadimum red.

Eventually, cerulean blue was added last to add more brightness to the painting.

I’m not quite sure I’m finished. I’ll take it to Michael for a critique. It will be interested to see what he has to say.

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