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02-21-2005, 01:03 PM
This is a 24x36 oil on stretched canvas taken from an historical photo.
The face needs some work and I just realized that the eyes are too low...sigh..so I will have more painting to do there than I thought.
I now think that the background color will need some modification and am wondering what you think about that.
She is holding her gloves which are not finished.
Today I will put some complimentary color in the shadows of the skirt so it doesn't look so stark.
I 'gave' myself permission to paint more loosely in the fabric this time, it was really enjoyable and I like the result so here's hoping it is a trend that I can follow :wink2:

Any and all thoughts are welcome.


a closeup


pero lane
02-21-2005, 02:14 PM
This looks just great so far Shirley!! Keep us posted! :)

02-21-2005, 10:46 PM
Thanks Pat, I'll try to not disappoint you :p ;) :)

02-22-2005, 11:12 AM
Good start, Shirley! I'll be watching as this develops. Jim

02-22-2005, 03:38 PM
Fabric looks great. At this stage she still looks a bit 'cut out and pasted in' but I know that will get worked out. I'm a little concerned that her head seems small for her body. Do you think?
Not sure about background color (ha! I'm a big help, huh?) The yellow might be making her look a bit sallow, yet I like the deep rusts.

02-22-2005, 07:18 PM
Third attempt to reply :( I quit painting because I am tired....maybe more tired than I realized :p

Thanks for looking Jim and Kathleen - I hope she looks less cutout now and that her skin color is more ethnic. I quit on the background just to take a break............I'll get back to it later tonight. The skirt is more gray now in keeping with the time period.

Here's today's work.


a close up............the eyes and mouth were exceptionally hard on this one and I am not sure why.......maybe because I haven't painted in several weeks.


Jim Updegraff
02-22-2005, 11:22 PM
Shirley, I have a vague recollection of a photograph (tintype, maybe) of Mrs. Goodnight, the wife of the man who blazed the Goodnight-Loving Trail, one of the great cattle traces going north out of Texas. Is that the photo you are working from? As I remember she looked terribly uncomfortable and ill at ease in European style city clothing.

This is going to be a fun painting. Fun is why we do this stuff, isnít it?

02-24-2005, 09:20 PM
Jim - This is from a picture loaned to me from the Seminole Nation Museum and Historical Society. Given the source I think that she is part Seminole and she does look uncomfortable doesn't she?

Here is today's work. Finally, she is beginning to look more like I want her to.


02-27-2005, 06:45 PM
Hi Shirley, that slight tilt of the head does make life difficult. But you seem to be well aware of the problems, so say no more, except I have them as well usually.


03-01-2005, 06:58 PM
Mikey - You are right about the tilt of the head, I hope that I have solved that problem.

Here is the finished painting.......until it sits for a few days and I see things to change :p lol The colors are as accurate as I can get them.




I'm sorry for the shine in the shadows - wet paint. :) Comments anyone?