Playing in the Grass

In this painting, the little girl wears her mom’s old outfit as she plays on a blanket in the grass. Because babies grow and change so fast, it is important in a commission to capture and emphasize their current phase. I played up the soft pinks in her cheeks and nose and the lavender reflected light on her soft baby skin. I love the way her right figures are posed as she focuses on grabbing the blanket with her left hand. The fleshy parts of babies and children in their extremities are brought out by painting intense pinks and reds in their fingertips, feet, cheeks and noses.

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Oil on Canvas


12 x 16




Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

Little Rock native Kristen Hess has been taken captive by the rich colors and thick textures of oil paints since 2005. Her work combines the effect of light on her subjects with expressive brushstrokes, creating movement and depth in her pieces. Her representational style along with an extensive background in drawing come together with the atmospheric colors of the impressionists to create paintings that capture the emotion of the place or subject.