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05-21-2001, 11:32 PM
Hello *S* Haven't been around lately Been busy painting and making a website for a friend. But I'm attempting a portrait. It's my daughter when she was little. So Ok Go for it. I know the eyes aren't right but can't tell why. I've redone this over and over again. But I won't give up *S*

Hmm things have changed here Hope I do this right *S*

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[This message has been edited by Luvy (edited May 21, 2001).]

[This message has been edited by Luvy (edited May 21, 2001).]

05-22-2001, 02:56 PM
Hi Luvy,

The pose and the little girl are so adorable. Tough thing compositionally to work with a subject holding anything long!

I don't work in oils but watercolor portraiture, so I am not sure how much the following suggestion would help. It seems to need a bit of color in the flesh tones. I hope an oil person comes along that can give specifics. In watercolor I would glaze in 'transparent' layers of blue in the 'shadow side' and a bit of red in the cheeks. All would be tempered by what is really there in the reference. Can you post the reference too, that would be helpful.

Also, do you think that her hands might be just a little too small. Again, the reference photo is the best judge.

Ohhhhh, hope this doesn't sound too negative - I like it, I really do!! Lots and lots of potential here for sure.


05-22-2001, 04:06 PM
i like the figure being over to the right
i like the colors
try some more

05-22-2001, 09:27 PM
Tmoore I'm a newbie at painting. So it's been trial and error. I'm not sure of using suble blues and reds yet. But I'll give it a whirl. I've only done this about 5 times just trying to get her face the right shape. I can't catch the age though. She appears older in my painting. Grrrrrrr Thanks for the suggestions.

Dornberg I've enjoyed painting this even though I don't know what I'm doing. I don't give up easily *S* Thanks

Here's the picture I'm using

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[This message has been edited by Luvy (edited May 22, 2001).]

05-24-2001, 11:23 AM
Luvy, good work to begin with. You could add more values to the face to create better expression. The eyes don't seem to look right due to the left pupils looking bigger and darker. In the reference photo, due to darker values, it doesn't seem to be so.

Sure, you can work on it more and refine areas that don't look right. Let's see the refined one.


05-25-2001, 12:29 AM
I believe the age question arises from the height of facial features which are relatively lower on the head in youngsters... Dont't be afraid to start another and either use to test colors, or develop to completion.

Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT