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capricorne
09-14-2003, 09:11 AM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/09-14-2003/12526_HPIM0236.JPG


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: My wife Lieve
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 28 x 30 cm
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

MY COMMENTS:
This is a watercolorpainting from my wife Lieve.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I'm not able to judge this painting right now and should by thankful for a straightforwarded critique.

bruin70
09-14-2003, 10:05 AM
nice effort but a little flat. i'd show the cheek turning. make the lips darker too.

there are three things to emphasize on a head.....eyes, nose, and mouth.

jocelynsart
09-14-2003, 10:12 AM
Ok, I don't find this flat at all. It is a loose watercolour, very pure of colour, how that technique is supposed to look.
That eye, yes, on the left, needs some faint definition. Otherwise we drop off after her nose and land right on that flat area. There is no 3dimensionality being suggested there. I guess, that is what is flat then, not the painting itself as a whole
Very beautiful tones and gesture. I would not add anything else except the eye. The features are in that loose, suggested style and are great.
Joss

Paintonbrush
09-14-2003, 01:18 PM
Impressed with her Character-you know your watercolor
Agree that the eye leaves me wanting to look away rather than stay awhile.

giniaad
09-14-2003, 02:13 PM
I like this too
delicate and sensitive...
(agree about her left eye)

designditz
09-14-2003, 02:21 PM
Yep a tad of eye and eyebrow...then frame her :)

Gilberte
09-14-2003, 03:52 PM
What Milt said MUST be true because he's experienced with women (don't tell him but I'm a big fan of his work). :D
If I may say so the hair above the ear seems to be glued on, like a wig, a bit of shadow or blending could help ........

djstar
09-14-2003, 10:15 PM
You show such range in your watercolors!
I see the influence of Charles Reid. I see the bold attack of color but I see a really gentle control of the skin.
It is good to see the influence of a workshop without sacrificing your style to it.
I have been stopped often by your landscapes, but this was such a gem of the medium!
Great little piece. Like a cameo. Simple but mighty.
dj*

markr
09-15-2003, 04:46 AM
Thinking I have something to add ... not knowing how to put it ... that nose (this is the biggest compliment I could ever know how to give) ... the lower part ... reminds me of Holbein painting his wife and kids. I want to add more, want to critique but when someone with this much experience is painting someone they love and live with ... I think you know what is or is not right (what is or is not "her"). I understand this is not the crit you were looking for but, if it is "her" be merry and paint her again in a more challenging context real soon. If it's not "her" be frustrated and paint her again in a more challenging context real soon.
Thanks,
mark

capricorne
09-15-2003, 01:39 PM
Thanks all for taking the time to look and give critiques.
Your feedback is very valuable for me.
Jan

Rieko
09-15-2003, 04:58 PM
Jan, I feel warm to look at her... Soft skin, the mesmerizing eye, and you have mastered watercolor really well... You got such a great control of the medium.

capricorne
09-15-2003, 05:40 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2003/12526-Lieve2e.jpg
Thanks rieko :D
This supposed to be a better version..
Jan

Rieko
09-15-2003, 06:34 PM
Yeah, indeed her other eye are painted now, it looks great! masterly done.

Paintonbrush
09-15-2003, 08:38 PM
Absolutely!!!
Thats it...:clap:

jerryW
09-15-2003, 09:16 PM
excellent work within
to extend to the bottom with one stroke might complete
but
no
it is what it is
a totality on its own.

Phranque
09-15-2003, 09:18 PM
Hello Jan,
This portrait is beautiful in it's simplicity.
I like your wife's name. Is it Flemish?

Gilberte
09-16-2003, 03:28 AM
This is fantastich now Jan !

dudley_d
09-16-2003, 06:20 AM
I have one comment. I think that the splash of color on her collar distracts to much? Does it depict a flower or jewlery?
Just an observation....

cheers

pl_kpprt
09-16-2003, 07:12 AM
Excellent work Jan!! Wish I could paint just like you http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2003/[email protected]
It seems you do it so easily...inherent talent, but I know you are working hard to improve your paintings.
Bravo!!

capricorne
09-16-2003, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by Frank van Boxtel
Hello Jan,

I like your wife's name. Is it Flemish?
Lieve is from 'Godelieve', its a name with german roots and means:'she who is liked by God'....:D

Thanks all for looking and comments....very valauable for me.
Jan

TScottDove
09-16-2003, 12:25 PM
Simple and delicate. Honest and lovely.
Agree that the bright color on the collar may distract.
What does the Mrs. think of the work?

capricorne
09-16-2003, 04:03 PM
thanks Scott, Mrs. is proud of me:D
Jan