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allydoodle
06-30-2014, 12:03 PM
I just wanted to share my news that this painting recently won a "Best in Show" at a local juried art exhibit. I was very pleased, as there were 162 paintings in the show. It's always an honor to win an award like this, it made my weekend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jun-2014/93075-Why_resized_for_web.jpg

robertsloan2
06-30-2014, 12:14 PM
Congratulations! I can see why, she looks so wild and free. Love those eyes and her mad red hair. Great skin tones and texture. I've seen redheads so pale they have these blue hollows. And the glasses. Glasses are insanely difficult, getting the shapes right, getting the optical distortion of the lenses right, metal glasses being showoff too... that's excellent and all that perfection does not distract from her eyes or mouth. Wow. I can definitely see why this one won. So much character in your model.

norskgal
06-30-2014, 12:28 PM
This painting has it all ... emotion and perfect execution so it is no surprise to me that it was chosen Best of Show. Shows me that getting older and wrinkled doesn't leave behind one's beauty. Always love seeing your work.

Judibelle
06-30-2014, 12:41 PM
Beautiful, Chris! So lifelike...I Love it! Congrats on your Win!

Colorix
06-30-2014, 12:47 PM
Congratulations! I loved that painting the first time you showed it (and I hope I said so at the time). There's such a strong sense of the girl, the young woman, the mature woman, and the elderly woman in that portrait!

Must say that wrinkles, i.e. character, are so very much more beautiful than facelifts and blown up lips and "surface is everything". A life lived, with all the good and bad that comes with the package of being born. That is a story, and an interesting one. I'd like to talk to your lady!

Blayne
06-30-2014, 01:10 PM
I echo what everyone above said. What a beautifully sensitive portrait!

water girl
06-30-2014, 01:27 PM
I'm not the least bit surprised, Chris. This is just outstanding. :clap: Congratulations!

DAK723
06-30-2014, 01:59 PM
Wonderful painting! Congrats!

Don

Equus Art
06-30-2014, 02:29 PM
Well deserved. You put a lot of thought process into this piece while we all watched you give birth to it.

Cat

Donna T
06-30-2014, 02:51 PM
It is great to see such an excellent piece of artwork get recognized like this! Congratulations Chris! You worked so hard to make this one look and feel just the way you intended and you were generous to share the process with us! Best in Show ... Wow! :thumbsup: :clap:

Still-trying
06-30-2014, 03:11 PM
I agree. It's wonderful and you were so generous to show us every step of the way. An honor well deserved. Congratulations

artNmeR1
07-01-2014, 12:41 AM
Congratulations. I love the hair color and detail of her eyes.

pastel lover
07-01-2014, 01:43 AM
Congrats! ...so richly deserved. Keep up the wonderful work so I know you will.

Tanja

DBfarmgirl
07-01-2014, 09:50 AM
congratulations. well deserved.

allydoodle
07-01-2014, 04:33 PM
Thanks so very much everyone, I appreciate all your nice comments :heart: :heart: :heart: !

SueNM
07-01-2014, 05:14 PM
Congratulations Chris. She's great.

rugman
07-01-2014, 09:07 PM
Congrats, Chris! Well deserved to say the least!

DreamSketcher
07-01-2014, 10:00 PM
Beautiful job. Congrats, that is EXCITING! I like the pose…she comes across as strong and interesting….thinking intently. Having an opinion. Probably a strong one, and she is about to impart it on someone.
Refreshing.
She greatly reminds me of the wonderful late/great actress Colleen Dewhurst- the actress who played Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables!

allydoodle
07-02-2014, 12:15 AM
Thanks again everyone, much appreciated!

*Marina*
07-03-2014, 06:17 PM
Congratulations Chris, well deserved, a fantastic portrait.

sketchZ1ol
07-07-2014, 06:37 PM
hello

!!!

Ed

ArtistMelinda
07-07-2014, 07:24 PM
Awesome! Totally deserving! AND she did NOT have a zombie head! Way to go!

getdusty
07-07-2014, 11:54 PM
Awesome! congrats

jakertanner
07-08-2014, 12:03 PM
Hi There...first off, WOW! really nice. I am new to this forum and to pasteling altogether. I know the feeling of victory, I won two Grammys for my engineering work, but I am now in love with pastels and need to give this a try...lol

Would you be so kind as to reveal what pastels you used, if you did any fixing in between, and what paper or board you used...Any little bit of info, without revealing any trade secrets would be greatly appreciated for us beginners.

Great job!

Jake

allydoodle
07-08-2014, 12:35 PM
Thanks so much for all your nice comments, very much appreciated :heart: !

allydoodle
07-08-2014, 12:41 PM
Hi There...first off, WOW! really nice. I am new to this forum and to pasteling altogether. I know the feeling of victory, I won two Grammys for my engineering work, but I am now in love with pastels and need to give this a try...lol

Would you be so kind as to reveal what pastels you used, if you did any fixing in between, and what paper or board you used...Any little bit of info, without revealing any trade secrets would be greatly appreciated for us beginners.

Great job!

Jake

:lol: Jake, thank you! No trade secrets, nothing unusual..... It's really all in your approach rather than the materials. Using artist's grade pastels and grounds are a must, but beyond that, it's then about an artist's personal style and approach.

I used Wallis Belgium Mist sanded paper, and Girault, Ludwig, Unison and Mount Vision Pastels. I did use some Carb Othello pencils for the eyes in the beginning stages.

As for fixative, I don't use it at all.

I did do a work in progress thread hear at WetCanvas, you can view it here.
(http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1336650)

Hope that helps :) !

P.S. Congratulations on your two Grammys!

jakertanner
07-08-2014, 03:04 PM
Thank you, and thanks for the info. I actually have about 60 or so Rembrandts, a couple of Richesons, and Senneliers. I got a few Mungyo extra fine soft pastel round sticks, I tried them, and they are very soft, but once I compared them against the Rembrandts, their color didn't really stack up well, but I think they would make a good cheap alternative for underpainting, provided they are lightfast.

great work.

annette71
07-08-2014, 03:28 PM
Your work is beautiful! Congratulations... a fantastic piece indeed.
So much character and sparkle in that lady.

Best.

allydoodle
07-09-2014, 12:00 AM
You're welcome Jake :)

Thank you Annette :heart:

troutbum
07-10-2014, 10:12 PM
As beautiful as this painting is online, it is even better when you see it live and in living color as I fortunately have been able to do. Sorry that I missed the Reception and Awards Ceremony. I know I have congratulated you on FB but somehow it doesn't seem redundant congratulating you here on WC. Congratulations and well deserved.

Boyd

doodler321
07-11-2014, 01:43 AM
Chris, I love your painting. In addition to the subject, which is spectacular, I really like how you added all the tiny colorful specks into her clothing which makes it seem comfortable, warm, cozy and possibly velvety and seems to match her personality!

allydoodle
07-20-2014, 08:08 PM
Thank you Boyd and Elizabeth!

campeche
10-24-2014, 09:57 PM
This is so amazing! Do you have a blog or a youtube page to watch you work? You are so talented!

talisman
10-25-2014, 03:12 PM
Congratulations on the Best in Show!
This is a wonderful portrait with great character. I love her bright lively eyes.

getdusty
10-25-2014, 06:33 PM
Congratulations! I love this painting! oops, I this was a new thread...anyway, I love this painting!

allydoodle
10-26-2014, 08:19 PM
Thank you Patty, Diana, and Peg :)

allydoodle
10-26-2014, 08:20 PM
Thank you Patty, Dianna and Peg :) !