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Little Miss Innocent

Pure Watercolour
Arches 140lb
20x 14in

I loved this photo I took of my little granddaughter Zahrah. She has a permanent look of “Butter wouldn’t melt” on her face, but like so many at her age, she is an absolute little darling, with a little devilish spirit. She usually checks to see if you are watching her before attempting to touch something she shouldn’t, which was when I captured her with my camera. Such a sweet innocence.

I have really fallen in love with painting portraits, but find I now feel that need to express more in my work, something I believe all artists go through and something I don’t believe can be taught, although can be inspired. I believe as artists we have to find our own way there through painting and experimenting. I wanted to play with colour, the colour I see in subjects that isn’t always evident in that first glance, or is it perhaps just a case not being brave enough to place those colours, as we all err on the side of caution when we first start out.

I find that as i’m progressing, i’m instinctively picking up the colours and placing them fairly quickly, and could almost say without too much thought, or perhaps again it’s just that I have more experience now. For me this way usually ends up with a more satisfying painting.


girl, child, watercolour, innocence, sweet, pink, blue, fine art, stephanie butler


  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    Oh, how adorable & what an expression!

  • Thanks so much Marsha, she is such a little cutie…

    – Stephie Butler

  • ArtPearl
    ArtPearlover 3 years ago

    Great! I like the color distribution a lot, particularly the red reflections in her eyes. Successful experimenting!

  • Thanks ArtPearl..I think it’s the only way froward to experiment..Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I do learn a lot each time..

    – Stephie Butler

  • ArtPearl
    ArtPearlover 3 years ago

    Oh, and I forgot to say, I find it very intriguing how you leave so much of the paper unpainted, (I tend to fill it all:)) Works well here.

  • Hi again….As far as the white of the paper, I think it’s just a personal choice. I just prefer lots of white in watercolour..

    – Stephie Butler

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 3 years ago

    What a cutie :-) I also happen to love the negative space, it give a feeling of… how can I describe it… waiting for something to happen as can so often with little ones…

  • Thanks Rosie…Me too..I think if I had put something there, then she would have been looking at that subject, it wouldn’t say the same thing, I hope that makes sense.

    – Stephie Butler

  • Nora Caswell
    Nora Caswellover 3 years ago

    Your awesome art work has been featured in our Safe Haven Group!~Nora

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work, I really appreciate it so much. It also keeps me inspired to do more..

    – Stephie Butler

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 3 years ago

    Beautiful portrait! I agree with what you wrote, too. I’m going through the same thing in my painting experience.

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesover 3 years ago

    Another beautiful painting Stephie, you have such style!

    ANNETTE HAGGERover 3 years ago

  • Jorja
    Jorjaover 3 years ago

    Many congrats on your Feature Stephie, well derserved she is soooooo beautiful

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 3 years ago

    Another beautiful painting Stephie

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