Title: Holly Bennett
My Inspiration: This is one of a series of portraits done of family members in 2016. I took a photo of my granddaughter Holly on her birthday- wearing her party dress. I liked the way the light was coming in strongly from behind her on the left, and the sense of movement in the informal pose.
Chosen Medium: Acrylic
Painting Experience: I really enjoyed painting Holly and kept in mind that I didn’t want a tight, formal painting – so kept brushstrokes free and loose, avoiding any attempt to do any more than evoke an impression of flowers on her dress.
My Achievement: I have managed to capture a good likeness of her, and was particularly pleased with how the yellow satin sash looked in the final painting as well as the highlights in her hair.