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05-10-2003, 02:03 PM

This weekend I did several exercises for portrait. For this picture my elder daughter was the model. This was the best I could.
It's so difficult :evil:
C&C much appreciated.

05-10-2003, 02:08 PM
her head seems alittle too long. hard to tell on features as they are sketchy, but everything else seems great from where i'm sitting. i understand the delima about portraits though. you want them to be painterly or at least in your "style" but also capture the essence of the subject. very difficult indeed.


05-10-2003, 02:15 PM
Wow, you make it look easy. I think this is a beautiful portrait of your daughter.

lyn lynch
05-10-2003, 02:31 PM
Aw, go on!!!

You are doing terrific work. I love, love, love your loose brushwork, and please keep going in this direction as you develop skills w/portrait. I think you are showing some natural inclinations toward the figure.

The problem w/this work is the nose tip. You are showing the end as red, which brings it forward...the tip of the nose is in shadow, therefore it should receed...it is too prominent. Perhaps a touch down of Hookers green or something near the top would help it recede, I dunno, go back to the book and see what he does. If you try the Hookers, be sure to show a drip of it elsewhere for continuity. Everything works about this portrait, except the nose tip. Hair is fabulous. Go get 'um Buddy...

05-10-2003, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by fookie
Aw, go on!!!

You are doing terrific work. I love, love, love your loose brushwork, and please keep going in this direction as you develop skills w/portrait. I think you are showing some natural inclinations toward the figure.

I totally agree, don't know if it looks like her but boy it sure looks painterly!!! I am full of admiration because I just can't do it that way.

05-10-2003, 03:16 PM

05-10-2003, 03:17 PM
good work

listen to fookie...she knows

faces are very hard....but you have a great start!

Kate Mc
05-10-2003, 03:24 PM
ME TOO! ME TOO! I like it!! I especially love the touch at the end of the hair braid....

Keep doing these.


05-10-2003, 05:02 PM
You have a wonderful style.


05-10-2003, 06:21 PM
Jan!!!!! Your daughter is beautiful!!! You painted her beautifully!!! I absolutely love your style...

p.s. pay attention to Fookie!!!

05-10-2003, 08:57 PM
The face looks fine but the back of the head is too flat.

05-11-2003, 12:46 AM
Great loose portrait, Jan. I haven't even tried doing one because it looks so difficult. Keep practicing. You have a lovely model.


05-11-2003, 03:08 AM
Looks like your doing fine with portraits.

You should be proud of this painting.

I agree portraits is a real challenge.
A enjoyable one.

Just keep painting, It will start getting easier.

05-11-2003, 06:59 AM
Thanks all for nice comments and suggestions to improve :D

05-11-2003, 01:35 PM
Stay with this style Jan !

05-11-2003, 01:55 PM
Ditto to everyone above... you're doing great with this loose style! Love it!

05-11-2003, 04:20 PM
Thanks Marvin!

05-11-2003, 07:01 PM
Very skillful rendition.

05-11-2003, 07:03 PM
There's just something so serene in her facial expression, and I, like everyone else, adore the style you've used in this.. Very nice!! :D

Little Old Lady
05-11-2003, 08:56 PM
I love your loose style. It is great!

05-12-2003, 09:23 AM
Beautiful Jan!!:clap: I love the way you have applied the paint - and just as everyone else has commented- light, loose and free-flowing - and I identify very much with where you are coming from!:D

You tackled a difficult task with finesse and flourish!:D and with definate success! She is beautiful and beautifully portrayed!

I would also love to see some figure studies from you. So how about it??- if you haven't already:D give it a go and post into the figure forum too??:D

Cheers Dahzl.:D

05-12-2003, 02:09 PM
Hi Nina, Sarah, Joanne and Dahzl, thanks for looking and appreciation, feels good :D

05-27-2003, 11:08 AM
Jan....Just great.! Looks like you might have taken a look at the new Charles Reid figure book too.

This portrait has tons of compassion and warmth. Colors are harmoneous and balanced. I love the shadow under the nose,
There could be a highlight on the lower lip or Darken the upperlip just a tiny bit for the contrast. This is just great!

05-27-2003, 12:13 PM
I like your style......daughter looks very elegant. Don't know anything about portraits in Watercolor....but I love to draw them....maybe some day :)


05-27-2003, 02:54 PM
Carrie and Patti: thanks for looking and taking the time to share your impressions.
Carrie: keep visiting the Charles Reid web site :D
patti: Why not today? :D