Portraits of Children
A selection of children’s portraits. Images are details, click to enlarge.
It is said in art schools and ateliers that the hardest forms to interpret successfully on canvas are a simple sphere or ball. Painting or drawing light falling across and describing these forms is much harder than one might think. It requires the utmost delicacy in handling to interpret incredibly subtle variations in value and chroma as the form first swells, then recedes back in space. So it is with children's portraits. How to interpret the very subtle nuances in form in the young, while still imprinting their unmistakable developing character is an enormous challenge — but one that is very satisfying. Pictured above are examples of children’s portraits painted by Carl J. Samson. Some images are details, click to enlarge.