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10-06-2015, 06:42 PM
This is in oils, 10 x 12 inches. My own criticism is that the colour in the face is a bit mono as the reference does not show the more subtle blends. Comments welcome, thanks.


10-07-2015, 08:34 AM
I find this picture mesmerizing. I see lots of variations of values in the face leading to excellent curvature. I personally don't think it looks mono at all, I see pink, badge, blue, orange, white. I think it is wonderful.

10-07-2015, 08:48 AM
beautiful....something doesn't seem to line up right...


10-07-2015, 01:10 PM
she's lovely!
the triangle top left is startlingly unnecessary tho
and the flowers bottom right seem tossed in last minute


10-07-2015, 01:37 PM
Well spotted maryinasia but this is an artefact of the (cheap) camera I used. I got a shock when I saw your black lines but the alignment is ok in the painting. I did not realize my camera was distorting so much.


Thank you La_, I worked from an image and just copied what was there. Yes, the flowers are a bit weak...

10-08-2015, 08:15 PM
Don't get so close with your camera, and you'll give it less opportunity to distort a face.

12-04-2015, 02:56 AM
The closer you can get the center of your painting to be perpendicular to the camera lens, the less distortion you will have.

Also, if your camera has a zoom, go to about two or three x for your setting. and back off until you have a generous margin around the image. That way,you can check the image for 'squareness.'

Once, at a friend's house, I wanted to take a picture of a painting on his wall. He said it was okay. I had to use flash - the available light wasn't bright enough - so I had to shoot from an angle to avoid glare. Then I used GIMP (a free graphics program; the 'poor man's Photoshop') to correct the trapezoidal shape of the image, using the 'perspective' function. GIMP lets you superimpose a grid on the image to check its squareness.

If you include a white card to the side of the painting, you can use that to correct for color balance if needed.

Nice painting! I'm now legally blind, plus my fine motor control of my drawing hand has diminished, so my portrait days are pretty much behind me.