View Full Version : "Maria" fresh view

06-27-2017, 07:38 PM
Ok, I posted this before, outlining a number of revisions. I wanted to post it as a fresh "finished" painting. I think I'm satisfied with where this painting is now. But c&c is always welcomed! This is a 9" x 12" pastel over watercolor.


06-27-2017, 07:59 PM
This is very beautiful. I like the very subdued tone.

Donna T
06-28-2017, 08:28 AM
It turned out beautifully, Michael!

06-28-2017, 08:50 AM
Michael, I love how soft this painting is, a quiet moment, and I love the chiaroscuro. The overall feeling is sublime. There is one area that may have been in your previous versions but that I didn't see. For whatever reason, this time I am aware of a rosy pink area on her upper back to the right of her spine and below her neck. It looks swollen or painful. This may be due to the color or to the strokes being slightly curved (?). Maybe if you straightened the stroke slightly, the color would still work. I appreciate how it plays with her robe/dress. I am finding a new appreciation for portraits and figures on this forum, and your painting is a big reason for that.

06-28-2017, 07:58 PM
Thank you, Welpaint, Donna, and Aly!

Aly, I see what you mean. Take a look and see if I've effectively fixed ths, please 😊:


06-28-2017, 10:41 PM
It's much less obvious, Michael. How do you feel about it?

06-29-2017, 07:09 AM
Hi Aly, I think it looks better.. What appears pink in the photo is not really pink, but a warm umber 😕. But it somehow translates that way. I "grayed" and cooled it a bit to change the temperature of that area. I feel it looks believable and better. I appreciate your input!

07-01-2017, 10:51 PM
I like the subtle, soft, and low key treatment and pose of this portrait- rich, but quiet.

07-02-2017, 08:59 AM
Thank you so much, Ken! It is good to hear from you again! I have never forgotten your advice to me a long time ago 😊

07-02-2017, 01:45 PM
You are welcome- I hope it was good advice!

07-02-2017, 11:34 PM
For sure, Ken 😃