Family Portrait From Photo

I painted this watercolor portrait of sweet little Julia using a photograph supplied by her aunt as reference. The photo was taken in her backyard in daylight, which made it a pleasure to work from; however, the background was not very pleasing or complementary to the beautiful image of the child. Her aunt requested that I paint a Colorado autumn scene in the background with gorgeous fall Aspen colors. I splashed tones of yellow, orange and brown to represent the leaves of Aspen trees and then strategically painted some tree trunks and branches so they would not interfere with the portrait. I painted some blue sky areas to complement the blue denim jacket. We could not tell from the photo the color of Julia's eyes so I reflected the blue jean jacket and sunlight in her eyes to make them sparkle. I fell in love with Julia's precious ponytails and to make them stand out, I painted the background much darker and left plenty of white sunlit highlights to accent her delightful fly-away hair.

Dear Hanne,
The portrait arrived safe, sound & beautiful... I love this painting more every time I look at it!
Thank you again. Janet, from Denton, Texas

Available Products With Child Portrait

This watercolor painting is a portrait commissioned by the little girl's grandmother. When your portrait has been completed, you will be able to purchase art prints for family members, Christmas cards and other products with your image online. For prices, sizes, information about art prints, posters, art cards, canvas prints, acrylic prints, framing, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, phone cases


Portrait And Art Prints Of A Little Colorado Girl

Hanne Lore Koehler:

To all the outstanding contemporary artists below who took the time to visit my website and comment on my work, I am deeply touched by your generous comments and warm welcome into the international community of artists hosted by Fine Art America! Your overwhelming support and selfless promotion are heart-warming. I am honored to get to know you through your art.

Comments by other artists:

GP Images
Pula - Croatia
Another stunning painting! Truly beautiful! l/f

Bob Marquis
Lometa, TX - United States
I love you work Hanne it is so very expressive of life and the moments :) l/f/tw

Victoria Lisi
Fort Collins, CO - United States
You've really captured a vibrant personality! L/F/P

Phyllis Kaltenbach
Reno, NV - United States
Adorable,Hanne! L/F

Ken Day
Everett, WA - United States
So beautiful and sweet this painting is of yours Hanne. L/F

Nancy Pauling
Oamaru, No - New Zealand
I love how you have painted Julia she looks to be so full of life. Excellent autumn colors too.

Minding My Visions
Cedar Rapids, IA - United States
Super cute painting! Lovely image nicely done L/F!

Michele Myers
Paradise, CA - United States
Such a delightful portrait of Julia, Hanne! Love the possibility she is saying "Cheese", her hair catching the light, and the lovely color palette of blues and golds - L/F!

Mary Machare
Mequon, WI - United States
Your child portraits are delightful, Hanne. Such joy in her expression, wonderful details in her hair and clothing. LF

Kathy Baccari
Myrtle Beach, SC - United States
So very sweet Hanne. A cutie indeed. f/l :)

Amy Vangsgard
Los Angeles, CA - United States
Fantastic!. Everything is working beautifully together. L/F

Sweet Moments Photography
Toronto, ON - Canada

Bonnie Mason
Salem, VA - United States
Wow, Hanne! I so admire your ability to capture the sweetness and life of this little lady. Your imaginative creation of an appropriate background shows your expertise and ingenuity. Truly a favorite!! LF

James Huntley
Amboy, IN - United States
You really capture a spontaneous look!

Henryk Gorecki
Starachowice, sw - Poland
Happy time,a happy child! Wonderful painting! f/v

Jack Zulli
Sussex, WI - United States
A beautiful piece, love the expressive thought you give to your works) v/f

Beverly Guilliams
Casa Grande, AZ - United States
You have a wonderful eye for Children....This is ADORABLE, Voted

Sue Smith
Sandy, UT - United States
Julia is, indeed, a cutie, Hanne!!! I love all the detail and the wonderful background of aspen trees and leaves!!! The aspens are one of Colorado's biggest attractions in the fall! v/f/t/fb/g+

Ian Mitchell
Rhyl - United Kingdom
Wonderful much detail....reminds me a little of my youngest daughter when she was little......v/f !!

Dubai, DE - United Arab Emirates
Magical smile, fantastic bright hair and wonderful background after all. Very beautiful painting with fine details and cool colors. Well done and vote

Angela Davies
Gettysburg, PA - United States
What a gorgeous portrait, full of color and life! Love the blue eyes and accents! Stunning! FV

Nikolyn McDonald
Omaha, NE - United States
What a delifhtfully happy looking child. Beautiful colors you have chosen here - really a perfect autumn portrait.

Cheryl Young
SHINGLE SPRINGS & Hawaii Kai, Ca - United States
Such a cute girl ! V #25

Carol Wisniewski
Randolph, NJ - United States
So Bright and Beautiful Hanne, Great Portrait! v/f

Jean OKeeffe
Tumwater, WA - United States
Just adorable, v :))

Nina Stavlund
Ottawa, ON - Canada
Lovely portrait, very happy and colorful :o)

Carol Sawyer
North Windham, CT - United States
Very beautiful painting and work!! F/V

Jim Fitzpatrick
South San Francisco, CA - United States
Beautiful portrait and perfectly named! F/V

HH Photography
Bradenton, FL - United States
What a fabulous painting of this little cutie. Julia's a darling little girl with her pigtails and sweet smile. Beautiful work, as always, Hanne. v19/fv/tweet.

Nadine and Bob Johnston
Cottonwood, AZ - United States
Thank You for Submitting your Artwork.... Liked the subject, description, technique, composition, and color... So Today it was Published in the Internet publication ARTISTS NEWS.... YOU or Friends Can use Ctl-C to copy the link: and Ctl-V to put it into your the Browser Address bar, to view the publication. Then, Tweet, FB, and email, etc a copy of the publication, to just anyone you feel would be interested. Happy Promoting! :-)

Joyce Gebauer
Maple Ridge, BC - Canada
What a totally delightful painting of this child Hanne Lore!! Beautiful color in the background trees. I love it!! v/f tw + P

ABeautifulSky Photography
Alexander, ME - United States
Wow Hanne, what an awesome portrait--looks like you've really captured this wonderful expression and the new background is just beautiful! f/v

Joyce Reid
Schreiber, ON - Canada
This put a smile on my face ---great job!

Colette V Hera Guggenheim
Viborg - Denmark
Feature +Fav & Vote

Marsha Heiken
Cedar Rapids, Ia - United States
Hanne,This is going to be the best graduation gift. She will love it. You are so good !!!

Len Stomski
Cheshire, MA - United States
Here it is the BEST OF THE BEST, Wonderful watercolor painting Hanne. Every square inch is perfect. v/f

Joyce Dickens
Anderson, CA - United States
Oh my goodness Hanne, Julia is absolutely darling - this fun image melts my heart - a wonderful portrait that I am sure she will treasure always! Joyce

Debbie Portwood
Doniphan, MO - United States
Fantastic work Hanne! She is soooo cute! Love the sunny warm scene! v.f

Bucharest, Ro - Romania
Wow ! Fantastic realist portrait, Hanne ! Such pure joy on this adorable little girl's face ! f,v

Nina Mitkova
Plovdiv - Bulgaria
What a lovely painting,Hanne ! I like a lot of the sun in it and a feeling of carefree and happiness to ! V/F

Heidi Smith
Long Beach, CA - United States
This is just so beautiful and I loved reading about your creative process! I'm sure Julia and her Aunt are thrilled with this sunning piece of art you've created, dear Hanne! f/v//tweet/su/g+

Bob Orsillo
Maine - United States
I can not stop smiling, She is adorable Hanne and her smile is catchy :) Absolutely fantastic work, I love your background and all the jacket detail. v/f/t/su/g+

Meg Shearer
Wayne, PA - United States
Beautiful work and a beautiful girl! Love that smile! VF

Susan Culver
Pitman, NJ - United States
Wow Hanne this is such a fantastic portrait pure sunshine, so adorable, great work!

Donna Kennedy
Reno, NV - United States
Hanne you did such a marvelous job on this portrait of Julia! What a fantastic graduation present!...f/v9

Marian Hebert
New Orleans, La - United States
What a delightful portrait! voted and favorite

Joy Bradley
Omaha, NE - United States
Another great creation!! Beautiful Hanne!! Love the pig-tails!! F/V

Anne Lacy
Chicago, IL - United States
Such a delightful painting Hanne! I love that great smile..and those cheeks! She makes me smile :) A wonderful and expressive work!! v/f/t and g+!

Jeff Swan
Selah, WA - United States
Awesome work Hanne

Carolyn Rosenberger
Iola, WI - United States
Excellent all of your paintings!

Marina Hanson
Ben Lomond, CA - United States
What a beautiful work! She makes me smile! Love the details! voted

Lianne Schneider
Strykersville, NY - United States
Oh she is indeed a cutie Hanne - you've captured that expression so perfectly and the light is just heavenly. Congratulations on your commission on this marvelous portrait...I'm sure the young woman will cherish it always. Extraordinary. F/V FB

Gail Matthews
Orillia, On - Canada
Hanne this is another magnificent painting. I love how you captured the whispy hair pieces and detailed blouse ! Superb work ! Love it ! /v

Pamela Phelps
Spring Glen, NY - United States
Oh this is just so beautiful! What a darling child and your talent is amazing! f/fb/v

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