Sebastian Smith Portrait

My first portrait of a child... The most characterful Sebastian 'Boris' Smith. Amazingly gown-up looking for a 14-months year old. 

I admit that I put an inordinate amount of consideration into the composition of the painting, and the portrait itself was painted over 8-days in intervals.  My deliberateness, was mainly due to it being a new type of subject matter and how to effectively treat it, but I am pleased with the results. 

The background proved to be the most difficult colour to get right.  As originally I painted the room background with a grey, but that drained out the colour in his face, so the pale burgundy colour worked well in the end.

After presenting the painting to his father,  I found out that the pink cardigan that Sebastian is wearing was knitted by his granny and has been handed down from father to son.  

 An earlier version with the different coloured backgrounds... before the final pale burgundy colour. 

An earlier version with the different coloured backgrounds... before the final pale burgundy colour.