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07-16-2001, 09:31 PM
This is my entry for the July Portrait: Ruth (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/browse_details.msql?proj_id=78) art project. I'm not certain I've managed to capture the likeness - I've looked at the image too much and can't really tell anymore. For one thing, I think I got the jawline too square.

15 x 15in (38 x 38cm) pastel on green Canson paper.

All comments/critiques/digital manipulations etc welcome. :)


07-16-2001, 09:34 PM
I have been watching this one, all of them really :D I love this, so alive :D
Will get onto mine today.

07-16-2001, 09:54 PM
I think you've captured her beautifully!

I love the play of colors on her left shoulder!


07-16-2001, 09:59 PM
i think the angle and placement of the head on the page
and the shape of the light area as it relates to the light background
make for a simple,
yet sucessful and attractive picture

07-16-2001, 11:58 PM
a beautiful and creamy treatment.
very envious of this work!

07-17-2001, 12:17 AM
WOW!! This is lovely. Very well done! *SMILE*

07-17-2001, 12:27 AM
It really is lovely. The colours are perfect for her. There is something about her chin dissappearing into her neck though. For some reason it really grabs my eye.

07-17-2001, 04:10 AM
TeAnne, ReNae, dornberg, jerryW, Fagan and Christie - thank you all so much for your comments! :D

dornberg - you're right about the composition. It's part of what attracted me to the picture but I'm not sure I can take credit for it - it's Ruth's photo from which she takes her tinyhead. Great composition, Ruth! :D

Christie - the chin area was one of the things that I really liked about the image. I liked the way the face ran into the neck and tried to make it one of the focal points. So I hope it does pull your eye! LOL :D :D :D

Thanks everybody!

07-17-2001, 06:36 AM
Hrmp! I seem to remember you saying something about "I don't do portraiture". Now, my question is . . . "why NOT?"


Nicely done, Sandra, especially from a tiny head.

07-17-2001, 06:58 AM
Oh sandra this is excellent...looks just like ruth...woohoo:D :D

07-17-2001, 07:02 AM
this is a very deep "Bildnis" . It goes way below surface...
A certain touch of melancholy...with eyes which seen quite a bit of life.


07-17-2001, 07:47 AM
Oh, Sandra, this is beautiful! You got my likeness just right.

I tried to to one from this photo this weekend, and I don't know how y'all do it. I've done several of myself looking in the mirror that I was very satisfied with, but working from a photo is hard! And it's the face I know best! :D

Great work!


07-17-2001, 08:47 AM
Thanks Roan! - I guess I don't do portraits more because I just want to get involved with colour and texture and composition. With a portrait you have the added complication that it also has to look like someone. Much easier with landscapes to just move stuff about.

07-17-2001, 08:48 AM
Thank you wendee and mclaughlin. I appreciate you comments. :)

07-17-2001, 08:52 AM
Ruth, I am so pleased you think it looks like you! :D

You're right - working from a photo is hard. It's much more unforgiving than working from life because, with no other reference there's no margin for error. Maybe we should do self portraits from life for the next project?

I'm really looking forward to seeing your project entry. Will you post progress pics, do you think?

07-17-2001, 12:22 PM

I just went to your site. What an amazing array of art you have! I am humbled and challenged to push on with my own work now.

07-17-2001, 01:45 PM
wow, this looks just like ruth :) great work!

07-17-2001, 01:50 PM
its excellent


07-17-2001, 04:47 PM
Thank you Christie, caro and AmyH for you comments.