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Tori Head
05-28-2001, 02:59 PM
This is a portrait of my friend. Just looking for some feedback....Thanks!!!!

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TMoore
05-28-2001, 03:07 PM
Technically very nicely done. I get the feeling that your trying to say something with the calendar. What are aiming to getting across about your friend in regard to it?

Tori Head
05-28-2001, 03:16 PM
I guess, more importantly, what do you think is being said?

She's a very busy girl... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

TMoore
05-28-2001, 03:26 PM
With the calendar being empty I thought mabey she was frustrated at not having a date or something. Mabey others will give their feedback and 'get it' better than I did. Sorry.

If others have trouble as well, I would suggest making entries into the calendar to make it look overwhelmingly full. Good luck. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by TMoore (edited May 28, 2001).]

Tori Head
05-28-2001, 03:29 PM
Good read on it and great suggestion. Thanks. I would rather people tell me what they think before giving any information. More objective that way. It's good that you didn't get it right away. Shows me I missed something.

BTW- love your work.

sandge
05-28-2001, 06:44 PM
Hi Tori Head!

I think this portrait is terrific. I love the composition and the way you have captured an interesting expression.

I'm not quite so keen on the way the calendar is painted - it seems kind of sketchy and drawn on with the paint rather than painted like the rest of the picture.

Does this person live their life under a calendar?

best wishes
sandra

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Tori Head
05-28-2001, 07:16 PM
Hi Sandra!

Thanks!

Yes, she lives her life under a calendar. That was my sort of humorous take on her life as I see it.

Thanks for the feedback. I will consider what you said about the calendar style.....

Tori

Ohju
05-28-2001, 11:47 PM
I like the expression and the comp! nicely done! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
~Ju

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JeanineJ
05-29-2001, 11:05 AM
Very realistic rendering! Well done! I would like to see a little more color on mouth and nose... I think this would add a pulse without destroying monochromatic feeling...

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leesmith
05-29-2001, 07:55 PM
Hi,

I see the blank calendar as ethereal (sic?), even symbolic, perhaps not even real, as perhaps something she can never get away from, like maybe the stress we impose on ourselves, with our "mental to do list" that rolls on like an endless film or perhaps she's daydreaming wishing for some "empty" days. I very much like the contrast between the portrait subject and the calendar.

ArtyHelen
06-01-2001, 09:21 AM
I was so captivated by the wonderful expression that I didn't even notice the calendar!
That really is a superb expression and face!
You are very talented!

Well done.

Helen

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Verdaccio
06-01-2001, 09:48 AM
Nice painting. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I agree with Jeanine - the flesh to me looks dead - now that may just be this shot and looking at it on my crappy monitor. If the painting looks like that, then consider adding some blood to her lips and cheeks. Also, and this is a nit on my part because it is rendered very nicely, but I don't like the composition as much because her head is so far from the top of the canvas it gives the impression that she is short. Generally in portraiture, if the head crowds the top plane it gives the impression that the person is tall - too much space and the impression is that they are short.

Hope that helps! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Leaflin
06-01-2001, 04:13 PM
I love the expression on her face. She looks like she is telling you to hurry up because she just hasn't got time to sit around while life goes by.
Great piece.

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"Imagination makes you see all sorts of things." Georgia O'Keeffe

Tori Head
06-01-2001, 05:06 PM
Wow....thanks so much for all the feedback!! It is VERY useful and I'm thrilled to have it - good and bad. I love the diverse opinions that come through this website. That's the beauty of art!

Thanks again....
Tori

Leopoldo1
06-01-2001, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by Tori Head:
This is a portrait of my friend. Just looking for some feedback....Thanks!!!!

Very well depicted, I particular like the model's expression very different from the normal portraits we see, you captured it! I see you know your medium. Again very good job. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gifL



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Leslie M. Ficcaglia
06-01-2001, 10:52 PM
I like the portrait a great deal and had no problem with the calendar. The quizzical expression on your friend's face looks very real, and does a wonderful job of conveying personality. Of course, whether it's hers or not only you know for sure, but it certainly convinced me! I also like your use of color and paint, and the way her hair and skin and shirt are suggested more than reproduced in painstaking detail. My only reservation lies with the use of humor in so painterly a piece; somehow it seems a bit incongruous to have a portrait so well done which also laughs at itself. I'd like to see more of your work!

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Leslie M. Ficcaglia
Minnamuska Creek Studio
Portrait Gallery at http://www.igc.org/mauriceriver/riverpeople.html

els
06-02-2001, 01:25 AM
Hi Tori, for me it is very strange to think that she lives her life under a calendar, and her calendar/life is completely empty. Maybe a calendar with lots of marks, some post-its and scribblings would express better this feeling.
Great job.
Eamon