van dongen had a colorful style that I am particularly drawn to, and I chose a small 5x7 canvas and a few reference photos just to get the placement correct, not for perfect likeness. juna had a front facing portrait and I chose one as well, as I wanted this painting to be easier for me so I wouldn't be discouraged while getting my art groove back.
I chose the red, yellow, blue color pallet I enjoyed in some of van dongens artwork;
and decided to make the reds pop even more with a brighter shade and flowers in her hair;
I will be working on the background more before I call this one completely finished, but I love how this little painting pops even from the other side of the room
I think I will be delving into van dongens style a little more, as I enjoyed the loose painting technique with my hand at the back of the paintbrush. letting go of some control was freeing me of some anxieties I had been feeling about my art. maybe it's time to let go a little more often!