Winter Coat

This gouache study of a child in a warm coat uses the strong, low light of a winter day to mold the form of her face and neck.  I have left the background empty, just the color of the Fabriano Artistico rag paper.  I encourage my students to paint portraits with hats and interesting clothing, as was traditional in centuries past but is less common today.

Below this is a quicker sketch of the same subject.