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06-24-2013, 09:06 PM
14 x18 on 300 lb arches cold press from an old photo
Using violet, yellow ochre and rose undertones
adding some very pale cad red tones
C&C welcome and will post the photo I am working from.
Thanks for looking.
Fabulous start! thanks for posting a wip, always great to see how others work.
06-25-2013, 04:16 AM
Looks great so far, slowly but surely building up the tones.
06-25-2013, 04:48 AM
Excellent start - looking forward to seeing your progression.
06-25-2013, 06:16 AM
You are off to a wonderful start building the face shapes and forms.
06-25-2013, 08:29 AM
Love it - can't wait to see the rest!
06-25-2013, 08:46 AM
Wow, I love this start! Looking forward to seeing it develop. The subject has a delightfully infectious smile!
06-25-2013, 09:27 AM
:lol: Thanks for thumbs up start everyone but I thought it best to get the spelling right on her name. Can you correct it Doug...you're oh so right slow is best.
06-25-2013, 02:16 PM
I'm here to watch this take shape, Suzanne. It's looking good so far.
06-26-2013, 08:24 PM
So back to painting and at this point I have done a 2nd coat of flesh tone mixed with rose or cad red on the entire face and neck
This is an enlargement of the family portrait portion of Marika. This was taken when she was a young mother...she is turning 70 in July and her Aunt has requested a portrait to give her as a gift. (The pressure is on so I hope it turns out and I don't over do...(know when to stop!)
I have been trying to adjust the skin tone with two more washes of skin tone and rose, lifting colour for highlights and working a bit on lips and eyes (more to do there).
It is very humid and wet out so decided to work in a little of the dress design to liven things up a bit.
C&C certainly welcome and thanks again for following along.
06-27-2013, 02:02 AM
Looking great Suzanne :thumbsup:
06-27-2013, 02:27 AM
This is coming along beautifully. Excellent progress.
06-27-2013, 02:40 AM
This is really nice to watch growing - thanks for sharing!
06-27-2013, 12:55 PM
Developing nicely, thanks for posting the stages!
06-27-2013, 09:08 PM
I did a rough of this portrait on 140 lb Canson cold press, about the same size first and had decided I had used too much purple in the shadows building her facial structure. The 300 lb arches makes blending and building much easier so have been playing with that. Have added some colour to the facial structure and been working on the eyes and mouth,
Thought I would show my rough for a comparison and for feedback.
So I have been working on giving her a more ruddy complextion and working on the eyes and mouth,hair and trying to not rush!!!.
Looking good Suzanne. I do like the current version better, looks softer.
Take it slowly...beautiful work, beautiful lady.
07-05-2013, 12:59 PM
Adding to hair, dress, skin tone on chest and work on pearls
think its done?
07-05-2013, 01:04 PM
Looks amazing to me although it looks dark on my monitor. Here it is lightened a little.
07-05-2013, 01:59 PM
Thanks a lot Doug. I'll try to get a brighter image to post in the gallery.
07-05-2013, 04:29 PM
Really nice, Suzanne.
07-05-2013, 05:23 PM
Love the skin tones!...and a very good likeness, I think.
I had been a bit troubled by the eye on our right (her left eye). It seemed to be looking off in a completely different direction than the other.
I'd be interested to know what you did to correct that, because it seems fine now. I could just imagine myself having trouble with the eyes, so it's great to see how others make corrections etc.
07-05-2013, 07:04 PM
Thank you Pat, and Mary I had noticed that the left eye was off, in that the pupil was high, so I had been darkening the area around the pupil and pulling it down more. The photo was quite dark with respect to her eyes so I did want them to show some life. I think eyes are difficult too and certainly its a good thing to have them looking in the same direction...(I'm still checking on that area of the painting) Thanks for the c&c.
07-05-2013, 09:57 PM
This is looking fabulous! Your skin tones are lovely.
07-06-2013, 01:53 AM
Excellent work Suzanne - Really looking great!
07-06-2013, 08:47 AM
Glorious portrait, Suzanne, especially her hair!
09-06-2013, 03:02 PM
What a beautiful portrait, Suzanne!!
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