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mustcreate
05-08-2003, 06:39 PM
My 14 yr old daughter Ellen :) She doesn't like me taking photos of her and didn't like any of the ones I took as reference for a portrait of her. So, basically I painted this behind her back. :p

I am so happy with this one!!! I love her rainbow hair :)

She's pretty happy with it too :)


title: My Elle Bell

size: 8"x6"

Arches 300lb cold pressed

thanks for peeking

as always, comments and critiques welcomed :)

em
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2003/9879-myellebell8x6wc.jpg

pampe
05-08-2003, 06:42 PM
lovingly wonderful

she has your nose

sweetbabydill
05-08-2003, 06:42 PM
I love it!. Great job. Love the colors.
To me they suggest youth.
Great!
Carolyn

daveshattuck
05-08-2003, 06:45 PM
exceptional i too love the hair rainbow colors. you nailed this one. someday she will be happy this was done

dave

Nitsa
05-08-2003, 06:55 PM
Oh Em, you have excelled yourself...That hair is to die for!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder she likes it!

One small nit....It bothers me that her arm looks chopped off, will you be cropping.....I hope not as I really like the composition...Just wish the rest of her arm was painted in.

Nitsa
05-08-2003, 06:56 PM
ROFL!Aha!!!!!!!! I have just realised that it's a book.....took me a while forgive me....I am having a "blonde" moment!

gealflings
05-08-2003, 06:57 PM
This is just wonderful.. I, too, love the rainbow hair, and dig those purple frames!! :D

M.A.
05-08-2003, 07:04 PM
Veeerrrrryyyyy sneaky! And effective. A wonderful portrait.
:clap:

Sher
05-08-2003, 07:10 PM
How proud she will be in years to come to show this to her friends and say that you did it! It is priceless!

al22
05-08-2003, 07:13 PM
I like the pose and composition.....her serious/concentration side....... skin tones, highlites and contrast all harmonious......
Nice.....
.................al

babybrush
05-08-2003, 07:21 PM
it is fabulous! love it

Bethany

K8Black
05-08-2003, 07:37 PM
Oh this is really wonderful. The color is fantastic. Bravo:clap:


Kate

yahooserious
05-08-2003, 07:48 PM
Oh, NICE!!!.....What a treasure...both daughter and portrait....

Emilie

hopefulbucky
05-08-2003, 07:54 PM
I agree absolutely beautiful!

But I see a sleeve of her blouse not a book, am I having a bleached blond moment?

Phillip
05-08-2003, 07:58 PM
Great, Love the colors, Love the pose.

Little Old Lady
05-08-2003, 08:28 PM
Absolutely fabulous!
JoAnn

Aselka
05-08-2003, 08:50 PM
Great work. You are so talented. I love colors. It is realistic and contemporary.

Aselka

mhimeswc
05-08-2003, 08:58 PM
Beautiful! I too love the rainbow hair.

Fourteen year olds don't like anything, so if she likes it, it must be good!

Michelle

ptantono
05-08-2003, 09:45 PM
A very wonderful potrait :clap: :clap: Love so much the rainbow hair. Would love to see if you could continue the arm which looks disconnected form the shirt sleeve.

Mary Smith
05-08-2003, 09:47 PM
This is exceptional!!!! I would hide it away from her until she is a bit older and more sure of herself. Then she will love it! I love it!
:clap: :clap: :clap:

lyn lynch
05-08-2003, 10:09 PM
Oh! good Mommy...of course she loves this, it is grand. I am in awe of how you make this technique work...fishbowl hair is too cool for school!
[privately I call the stem base a fishbowl]

CharM
05-08-2003, 11:08 PM
Em... a lot of the Mother went into painting the Daughter! Beautifully done... Lovingly done...

...I see a shirt sleeve, not a book...

Lulu
05-09-2003, 12:34 AM
Just beautiful. Love the title too:)

Kate Mc
05-09-2003, 03:02 AM
Me too! Me too! I love the rainbow hair!! (Mohhmmmm, I want mine like that TOO!!!)

I also love the light in this picture. It comes from both within and without.

Great work.


Kate

Olga
05-09-2003, 03:10 AM
You captured her concertration just phenomenally. And both the hair and light on the face are wonderful, not to mention the flawless skin and its tone.

BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT


I also have a very very small nitpick about the lower right corner--it looks like she is missing an arm--though I gather from other comments, there is a book there? Perhaps a tad more indication of what is there?

Oh yes--you have a beautiful daughter whose reluctance to be photographed I recognize well from my own almost 14-year-old...
Must be the age

Olga

painterbear
05-09-2003, 06:37 AM
Hi Em,

Beautiful painting of your lovely daughter. I like her rainbow tresses too. Skin tones are wonderful and profile pose is very nice.

I find the lower right corner a little confusing too. At first I thought it was the sleeve of her top showing but not arm. Then I looked closer and saw there is a sheet of paper (?) that she is reading from cutting off the view of her arm. Maybe you could make the top of the paper page a little easier to see to eliminate the confusion.

This portrait will become even more precious as your lovely Elle grows older and matures and changes.

els
05-09-2003, 07:52 AM
Lovely portrait Em. Wonderful hair...

Uschi
05-09-2003, 08:02 AM
How wonderful to have paintings by em to look at again!!

I agree with everyone, all has been said, FANTASTIC!! and she looks like you!!
Uschi

karenjh
05-09-2003, 11:23 AM
What a beautiful girl! I love her hair, but I also am in awe of the flawless job you did on her skin. You did a great job on the drawing of her face too - this is just lovely!

jkook
05-09-2003, 12:26 PM
Em, had to stop and post to tell you how much I like this one. The colors , wow ! Your daughter will treasure this in years to come.
Jim

miss rain
05-09-2003, 01:17 PM
:clap: WOW! absolutely beautiful!!:clap:

Madi

mustcreate
05-09-2003, 02:00 PM
Thank you Thank you one and all :):)

I appreciate your kind words and the effort it takes to comment:)

Just to clear things up, that is Ellen's shirt sleeve on the right. It's a stiff fabric cotton t shirt and the sleeve extends past her shoulder. I took a look at the reference photo and I am undecided if I am going to add in her arm or not. It is NOT showing in the photo and I'm worried that if I add it in it will look "strange" to me. I have left the decision up to Ellen and she is thinking on it. :)

A big shout out to a new WC member - missrain WELCOME Madi :) It's great to see a fellow Albertan on the board :)

thanks for peeking

em

Gilberte
05-09-2003, 02:05 PM
The rainbow hair is magic ... like the rest of course !

capricorne
05-09-2003, 02:38 PM
Great!
Jan

Lady Carol
05-09-2003, 02:40 PM
I didn't notice the sleeve until you mentioned it. I think the portrait is just right the way it is.

She is very pretty and I am not just talking about the rainbow hair either:D Probably give her ideas when she gets older LOL!

Yorky
05-09-2003, 04:25 PM
Wonderful!

Immaculate Complexion!

Doug

Lulu
05-09-2003, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by Yorky

Immaculate Complexion!


:D :D

madmum
05-09-2003, 05:14 PM
Gorgeous!!!!!!!!! You can feel the love :) (chuffed I was the one who pushed you into doing this :D )

Ruth

DaZZer
05-09-2003, 05:57 PM
I think it's beautiful too.. and very original.. If she was a singer it would look really good as an album cover :)

suzpaints
05-09-2003, 06:13 PM
wonderful work Em!!!

beautiful painting... beautiful girl!!! :clap:

Susie.

E-J
05-09-2003, 06:32 PM
I hardly ever poke my nose into this forum, but saw this and wanted to comment.

:clap: Beautiful :clap:

Jprice022
05-09-2003, 07:25 PM
Nice one Em. I like the pose. More candid than setup.

lynn_cyr
05-09-2003, 08:04 PM
Em, it's so nice to have you back!! I've really missed seeing your work!

This is yet more proof that you're an absolute genius when it comes to watercolors. :) I love everything about it!! I'm sure your daughter is thrilled to death!

Great job :clap: :clap:
Lynn