The red door outlining the figure was the element that prompted me to paint this one.
I sometimes find it difficult to paint children without depicting lots of sugary sentimentality.I attended an art competition a few years ago. Most of the paintings depicted children in various whimsical activities. One painting showed a small boy eating a watermelon while another showed a little girl blowing soap bubbles while a kitten was jumping to pop the bubbles. Sentimentality is an easy emotion to bring forth in an artwork. For some artists it works wonderfully. Generally I try to paint children so the viewer finds more subtle emotions to take away from the painting. From my perspective this painting works in that way.