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ArtsyMom x3
08-11-2005, 04:42 PM
This is a new commission I'm doing...a mother and senior in high school daughter, head to waist, full sheet, watercolor...W&N.....

I know it looks like she dipped her nose into something, lol...but I had to let that area rest for the day...it had gotten too wet. I'll go back in and alter it later. Just wanted to let you all see today's progress and start a thread for this. This is my first adult female...its going to be fun!!

Any C&C is welcome, as always...fire away! Remember, I see the same stuff that you do that needs to be fixed, hopefully! I'll get to it again next week, Thursdays are usually my designated painting days...nice to get back into watercolor again...went off on an oil tangent for a little while to get a few pieces done for a friend, so it took me a few hours to get the hang of it again..but, I think i'm ok...It'll all fall into place, it usually does, God willing! :angel:

Thanks in advance for your comments...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2005/30384-Blankenship_photo_altered_small.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_photo.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_1.jpg

gerbera
08-11-2005, 05:11 PM
Hi Monique, looks beautiful yet. You really have a great start. I think, it is too early, to make any comments, as you still paint on it, but it will be fun, to see your progress. Would like to see a close-up of the eyes, if possible.
Doris

bluegenes
08-11-2005, 06:30 PM
I always enjoy your WIP's! Looking great already!

Patty

Yorky
08-11-2005, 06:33 PM
I'm sure it will be great, Monique!

Doug

Celeste McCall
08-11-2005, 08:36 PM
Grabbing my soul.........this is BEAUTIUFL. One of the best portraits already. Terrific talent!!!! The face has such depth already. You are a wonderful artist.

Lots of clappies and smilies.

Uschi
08-11-2005, 08:42 PM
Wonderful, wonderful start!!! Keeping my eye on this!
Uschi

Becky-Bob
08-11-2005, 08:53 PM
Wow! Watching and waiting. ;)

Starsprite
08-11-2005, 09:29 PM
This is coming along very nicely Monique! Can you tell me what colors you have used for the skin tones so far? :) :clap: :clap:

Jenoir
08-11-2005, 10:07 PM
Wow, you are off to a great start. Looks really good already.

juneto
08-11-2005, 10:24 PM
Two Beautiful women for a subject? You can't go wrong with that kind of inspiration.
Eager to see your excellent beginning finished!'
June

laudesan
08-12-2005, 12:02 AM
Woot, pulling up a chair here..:D

ArtsyMom x3
08-12-2005, 12:36 AM
Hi Monique, looks beautiful yet. You really have a great start. I think, it is too early, to make any comments, as you still paint on it, but it will be fun, to see your progress. Would like to see a close-up of the eyes, if possible.
Doris

First of all, thanks to all of you who took time to comment...it is so encouraging to hear from all of you already!!

Doris, here are the eyes...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_eyes.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_eye_left.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_eye_right.jpg

gerbera
08-12-2005, 05:46 AM
WOW Monique, the eyes are absolutely great. Really stunning.
Thank you for the close up. I hope to see your next steps soon. ;) Can't wait.
Doris

Ze Artiste
08-12-2005, 09:17 AM
Thank you for what you have shown so far. It is going to be absolutely beautiful! Am so in awe of the detail you have put into they eyes. :clap: :clap: :clap:

jaydiva
08-12-2005, 11:36 AM
Oh wow, this is an incredible start!!
Thanks for the close-up of the eyes: fantastic :clap:

I'm very interessted in how you do the teeth, i find it next to impossible to paint teeth :eek:

eager to learn
Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

Lynn Quinn
08-12-2005, 11:41 AM
Thanks for doing this WIP -- I'll be watching with interest! Wonderful start -- the eyes have it! :D

tep394
08-12-2005, 12:38 PM
Amazing work. The eyes are a masterpiece already. I can't wait to see more. Tom

ArtsyMom x3
08-12-2005, 03:50 PM
Oh wow, this is an incredible start!!
Thanks for the close-up of the eyes: fantastic :clap:

I'm very interessted in how you do the teeth, i find it next to impossible to paint teeth :eek:

eager to learn
Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif


Teeth...well, they're never white, for one thing, they are different shades of off white, especially when you are painting them. Just like the "whites" of eyes, the only thing truly white is the highlight...Here are some of the teeth I've done, starting with my earliest ones to the most recent ones. I learn more and more from each set of teeth I paint. The ones in this painting of mother and daughter will hopefully be even better. This will be my first attempt at adult teeth or brace-straightened adolescent teeth. The ones I've done are baby teeth and -pre-braced permanent teeth.....

baby teeth:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-hannah_teeth.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-beth_teeth.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-Catherine_teeth.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-william_teeth.jpg

permanent teeth (not brace-straightened or adult):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-will_teeth.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2005/30384-Rebecca_teeth.jpg

with every portrait, of course, there are differences in mouth shape and teeth..how many and how much of them show through their lips...etc., so each of these are individual to each child and do make that person who they are, and makes them recognizable as themselves, as do their eyes...hope this helps!

Yorky
08-12-2005, 04:21 PM
Wow Monique - this is becoming a masterclass! :clap:

Doug

ArtsyMom x3
08-12-2005, 04:29 PM
Wow Monique - this is becoming a masterclass! :clap:

Doug


hope it helps, anyway, wouldn't go so far as to say "masterclass", lol...but thanks for the comment!! :wave:

jaydiva
08-12-2005, 04:48 PM
Thank you so much, Monique!!! :clap: Look at all the different teeth!!!! This is so very helpful to me. I'll print this out to have it at hand.



Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

AnneBedford
08-12-2005, 07:05 PM
I will add my "Wows," Monique. Keep this one coming! It is one I will be following very closely. I see a stunning work in progress. Beautiful subjects! You are doing so[U] well! Can't wait for the next stage.
Anne

Brian Barnes
08-12-2005, 07:21 PM
You really are amazing, you know! :)

BrianB

ArtsyMom x3
08-12-2005, 07:25 PM
You really are amazing, you know! :)

BrianB

look who's talkin'!! I still have all of those little 5x7's hiding in my portfolio that I show off, still not exactly sure about what room they are going to grace in my beachhouse...or if I will make a coffee table book out of them as a conversation piece.....yea, let's admit who's REALLY amazing....hey, where are all of those little froggies I see below your signature? I've searched and searched and can't figure out where that new series is listed!!

thanks for the vote of confidence, dear! glad to see you peeked in...

CharM
08-12-2005, 07:44 PM
Hi Monique... I have to tell you this... my 16 year old son was standing behind me when I opened up your thread... "Wow!", he said... "they're HOT!"...

Now... aside from my hormonal son, I think that your portraits are HOT... you're doing your usual phenomenal job with these and it's going to make a family heirloom for sure... Looking forward to your next steps...

ArtsyMom x3
08-12-2005, 09:33 PM
Hi Monique... I have to tell you this... my 16 year old son was standing behind me when I opened up your thread... "Wow!", he said... "they're HOT!"...

Now... aside from my hormonal son, I think that your portraits are HOT... you're doing your usual phenomenal job with these and it's going to make a family heirloom for sure... Looking forward to your next steps...


this is just TOO funny....boy, I'll have to tell the the mom that at some point, talk about make her feel good!! That'll do it! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment...Hope it turns out as well as I hope and is up to your expectations of my work...thanks so much for your encouragement!!

Proverbs 3:5-6
08-12-2005, 11:19 PM
Lookin' good!! :clap: :clap: :clap: I'll be watching!

Morgan

Purleyfineart
08-13-2005, 06:34 AM
What a great start. Can I ask ..
1. what size is it?
2. what paper are you using?
and for completeness, although I don't think it's so important
3. what paints?
Thanks, Andrew.

ArtsyMom x3
08-13-2005, 07:19 AM
What a great start. Can I ask ..
1. what size is it?
2. what paper are you using?
and for completeness, although I don't think it's so important
3. what paints?
Thanks, Andrew.

1. full watercolor sheet
2. Arches cold pressed
3. Winsor Newton

Thanks!!

Laurie2
08-13-2005, 07:35 AM
Wonderful WIP.......added it to my list of `must see`... :)

laudesan
08-13-2005, 07:44 AM
Woot !!! :D


I am rating this thread!!! 5*****

ArtsyMom x3
08-13-2005, 07:51 AM
Woot !!! :D


I am rating this thread!!! 5*****

thank you ever so much!! what a good morning surprise!!

ripvanblair
08-13-2005, 09:24 AM
Quite stunning this is proving invaluable, can't wait for the rest----------well done---------Alan

Europa
08-13-2005, 11:00 AM
Blimey I nearly missed this - am edging my way to the front so as not to miss anything.

Pat

mustcreate
08-13-2005, 12:30 PM
her nose does not look like it's been dipped in something......


it looks perfectly shaded to show depth and form and shape!!!

bravo Monique....this is a masterpiece already!!! (did someone already say that?!!)

love the little line of white highlghted skin on the bottom of the nose and the nostrils.....you have a wonderful eye for seeing how a shadow works to create form

em

ArtsyMom x3
08-13-2005, 01:58 PM
her nose does not look like it's been dipped in something......


it looks perfectly shaded to show depth and form and shape!!!

bravo Monique....this is a masterpiece already!!! (did someone already say that?!!)

love the little line of white highlghted skin on the bottom of the nose and the nostrils.....you have a wonderful eye for seeing how a shadow works to create form

em

Pat and Alan, Thanks so much!!

Em, I went back and looked again a that nose, there are things about it that I want to change, for example, the round shape to the shadow on the ball of her nose, really should be flattened out on the top and a little jagged, almost...I compared the two noses, photo and painting on this thread and that stands out to me. I'll lift a little off of the top of that shadow...so SO much left to do on this....i'll get to it, especially once school starts this next week, that will help. All but the irises of her eyes was done in one day...so, maybe if I can do a couple of days a week, I'll double up on it and progress faster. I know she is eager to get it....besides, I have another one in line to do, a 11 yr old boy sitting on some train tracks, barefoot in jeans and a button down...real casual....always love doing new poses...

Thanks again!

ArtsyMom x3
08-18-2005, 02:56 PM
Here is today's progress, and a closeup of her teeth for you, too... http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_2_small.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_teeth.jpg

mustcreate
08-18-2005, 05:33 PM
Monique this is fabulous!!!

You've even shaded and shaped the teeth!!! excellent form there btw

I see no nits here

I especially enjoy the punch of colour in the shadowed areas of the eye pockets!!

em

gerbera
08-18-2005, 05:39 PM
Hi Monique,
one word: stunning.
another word: WOW

Doris

Christie
08-18-2005, 06:03 PM
Stunning and breath-taking! My not yet hormonal son had no comment, but my eight year old daughter thought that they were twins! The little darling even asked why the mum did not have as much white hair as I do? :rolleyes: :D

I have to say that your work so far really is amazing. Cannot wait to see more.

jaydiva
08-18-2005, 06:05 PM
What can i say that hasn't been said before?
It's absolutely stunning :clap: :clap:
(where is that mouthdrop guy when you need him)


Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

bluegenes
08-18-2005, 07:11 PM
This is so fascinating to watch! Wish I could see you do this IRL!

Patty

stephie20
08-18-2005, 07:38 PM
Totally Gobsmacked........will be watching this.......

Proverbs 3:5-6
08-18-2005, 10:45 PM
Looking wonderful!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Morgan

Cattleprod Karl
08-18-2005, 11:09 PM
Monique,

I admit that I'm only here because I saw you in today's Wash, but I'm glad I came over. Didn't even realize this forum was HERE. I'm new and haven't quite gotten this place figgered out yet.

Your work is brilliant. I am in awe. I cannot paint (or draw) people worth a damn. Thusly, I steer clear of portraits like they're the plague. Amazing how you've gotten the eyes and mouth so perfect. I'm just...in awe. And repeating myself.

laudesan
08-18-2005, 11:52 PM
Magnificent .....

Laurie2
08-19-2005, 02:36 AM
Oh My!.....this is a real treat :)

Uschi
08-19-2005, 08:20 AM
Lady, you need NO help from us!!! You are one heck of an artist - WOW OH WOW!!!
Uschi

olliewood0702
08-19-2005, 08:32 AM
:D :clap: :clap: :wave: What Uschi Said^^^^^

Granny R
08-19-2005, 11:18 AM
Your work amazes me, what stunning likeness you achieve. It's pure joy watching you work and develop your portraits. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Ruth

ArtsyMom x3
08-19-2005, 01:16 PM
To each of you...

Em - teeth boggle me, but I seem to pull it off each time...
Doris - thanks!
Christie - too funny! thanks!
Jutta - Thank you!
Patty - come on down!
Stephie - Thanks!
Morgan - Thank you dear!
Karl - Thanks for commenting - doesn't matter how you got here, just glad to see folks popping in with the new lineup the way it is now.
laudesan - thanks so much!
Laruie2 - thank you!
uschi - EVERYONE needs help one way or another, whether it be critiques or just support or cheering on - thank you!
ollie - ditto!
Ruth - I'm almost obsessed to a fault with an obligation to get as close as I can to their likeness and it being a complimentary likeness - so as not to accentuate their flaws - we ALL have them! Thanks!

CharM
08-19-2005, 01:24 PM
I'm here in your cheering section, Monique... looking soooooo good!

olliewood0702
08-20-2005, 01:46 PM
AHEM.... :rolleyes:
Update please...(drumming fingers on table!).....eagerly waiting..... ;) :p

ArtsyMom x3
08-20-2005, 02:11 PM
AHEM.... :rolleyes:
Update please...(drumming fingers on table!).....eagerly waiting..... ;) :p


LOL..... ;) i'm stringing you along...... :p

I paint mainly on Thursdays....with kids home ages 7,9 and 11, there is NO time to paint....we've already done baby cheerleading camp this morning and taken my oldest, my son, to get clothes for ballroom classes monday night after football.....lol.....no rest for the weary!!

Thursdays is my allocated painting day, no guilt allowed, and everyone knows it. If I'm cramming to get a commission done, i'll paint here, but then everything goes by the waistside, wayside, whatever it is.....it is just not worth it! And, being the artist mentallity that I am, i'm a scatter brain with absolutely no organization in my life allowing me to paint more often at this point in my life....I'll get there, I just know I will!!

Thanks for the nudge!!

T Christensen
08-21-2005, 12:50 AM
You do such fabulous stuff ....hire an assistant , paint full time ;) , with all the big bucks you'll make ......TerryC

Enia
08-21-2005, 01:30 PM
I want to be like you when I grow up! :)

olliewood0702
08-22-2005, 04:52 PM
LOL Monique! YUP...it's tough being an active mom now-a-days!! Spending time with them is VERY important too. Terry is right about making lots of $$$$ if you could paint more.

Anyway I was just kidding but I WILL be here waiting until you post again. :D

laudesan
08-22-2005, 09:20 PM
Is it Thursday yet??????????

Fireman's kid
08-23-2005, 10:40 AM
I'm here to join the crowd of cheering and clapping watchers. Your portraits amaze me. Am anxious to see the next update. :)

Proverbs 3:5-6
08-23-2005, 11:35 PM
I'm with you, JJ...it's been Wednesday all week! ;)

Morgan

ArtsyMom x3
08-24-2005, 07:06 AM
you guys really know how to make a gal feel good!! too funny....tomorrow, dears, tomorrow... :p

jaydiva
08-25-2005, 12:05 PM
Is it tomorrow yet ???

This makes me feel like a child on christmas, can't hardly wait ... eager to see progress

Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

ArtsyMom x3
08-25-2005, 03:49 PM
Well, lol....Merry Christmas and A HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

not a whole lot to show, but, she does have hair now! and a neck, at that!!

todays progress:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_3_small.jpg

Crazy how adding that hair cut the harsh red out of her face, isn't it!! The contrast makes sense now, usually does in the end! People fret when they see my dark values in a face, but then go "OHH, now I see...." when it comes together..i'm not your typical light wash watercolor portraitist, am I...hey, we are all different, that's what makes it fun!!

Yorky
08-25-2005, 03:59 PM
Wonderful! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Doug

jaydiva
08-25-2005, 04:05 PM
She's beautiful!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/32313-smile33.gif


Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

ArtsyMom x3
08-25-2005, 04:08 PM
She's beautiful!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/32313-smile33.gif


Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

I'll be sure to tell her you said so!! LOL

murliss
08-25-2005, 06:19 PM
Monique, I'm so glad that I managed to find my way to the studio to see this portrait - it's absolutely OUTSTANDING!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I've been attending a life workshop for almost 2 years now, and still haven't attempted a watercolour portrait - worked mostly in pastels and charcoal - but I'm ALMOST inspired to try it now (note I said almost hehehe!!) :D

My only nit is with the dark spot at the end of her nose - the colour reads right to me, but I think the edges are just a little harsh, maybe?? Is it possible to soften them just a tad - especially at the top?? Of course I may be completely wrong, so feel free to ignore me if I am :)

I'll be here, watching this double portrait develop!

BTW, some hints about the colours you use to mix those great tones would be very useful, and did you use masking to get those fabulous highlights in the hair?

PS I just rated this thread 5*

ArtsyMom x3
08-25-2005, 07:35 PM
Lin, first of all, THANKS!! Secondly, I saw the nose today too, I will be lightening it up slightly and leveling out the shadow, she has more of a flat tip than a round tip, so my shadow needs to comply! that will be the first thing I do on it next...no masking on hair, just left the paper white here and there and used a light wash of yellows, and strategically put my darks in here and there. I'll get my pallette out later and get the colors for skintones. Usually it is new gamboge, scarlet lake, brown madder, and my all-time favorite, thioindigo violet....a few more here and there, but I'd have to look at my colors to tell you what they are. That may help, somewhat...

Thanks again! (i'll post again when I get her nose fixed. also, the values are a little darker on here than in person, as always! hard to get it just perfect)

Laurie2
08-25-2005, 07:42 PM
I am still following...and making notes....quietly :)

laudesan
08-25-2005, 10:44 PM
She is a very beautiful woman, and you certainly have done her justice..

ArtsyMom x3
08-25-2005, 11:45 PM
I couldn't take it anymore, she's had a nose job now...couldn't stand the ball-tip nose anymore..her nose is more flat-tipped..here are a few before and afters and the ref. photo:

before/after:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_3_small.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_4_small.jpg

nose photo:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-nose__photo.jpg

nose before/after:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-nose__before.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2005/30384-nose__after.jpg

A change for the better?

laudesan
08-26-2005, 12:52 AM
Much better :)

Laurie2
08-26-2005, 02:17 AM
grrrrrrrrrreat!

DominicM
08-26-2005, 02:44 AM
OH My Gosh, dont know how I missed this before, but this is stunningly beautiful already.. changes work for me

ArtsyMom x3
08-26-2005, 11:36 AM
JJ, I think so too!! Thanks!

Laurie, THANK YOU!!

Dominic, Thanks so much!! So glad you got to take a peek!!

olliewood0702
08-26-2005, 02:40 PM
WOOHOO...It is FINALLY Thursday and Monique has posted an update!! (Actually it's Friday already!)

This is so well done Artsy! I really like her hair the way the light catches it and all. You also do so well on teeth. ;)

Cattleprod Karl
08-26-2005, 02:52 PM
Monique...amazing, really. You have a tremendous talent. Painting is coming along beautifully.

mmcaloon
08-26-2005, 04:19 PM
Well I met this wizard by the old oak and he said he could get me to this magic place called the studio. On the way we met dragons... :eek: He told me to stop whining and DEAL. I did and we finally got here. Wow was it worth the trip.

All silliness aside, Monique your portrait work is incredible. I am so gald I found this place I have missed the WIPs so much. I am going to go back through this again and spend time really looking. I am just starting portrait and find them so challenging watching your work will be a great asset to my learning. Thanks so much.

Alachua Artist
08-26-2005, 07:21 PM
This is so good it's shocking. I never realized how much control you can develop over watercolor. Obviously you have the talent and control - let alone sheer wizardry! My gawd!!

Fireman's kid
08-26-2005, 07:51 PM
Hooray an update!! :D

Monique, I love the hair and the changes you made to the nose are perfect!! :clap:

You wrote...
People fret when they see my dark values in a face, but then go "OHH, now I see...." when it comes together..
I had that exact reaction when I saw your first portrait WIP (of the 3 children). Now I've seen enough of your paintings to know it will all come together but it is still sort of magical how it happens.

You are sooo talented and skilled. All of your clients must be thrilled when they get their paintings. I bet they feel lucky to have found you. :)

Looking forward to next Thursday already!

ArtsyMom x3
08-26-2005, 08:18 PM
you guys are too much. I'm so very humbled by your comments. Thanks for your kind support, from the bottom of my heart. This place is so rewarding...I tell everyone about it.

As far as control...I do 98% of my portraits by drybrush. different intensities of paint, value-wise, but with very little of it on a very little brush. 2-4 sizes are my favorite..eyes use a 0000, been known to use a 40-0 brush! The only wet washes I do are when I underlay for the skintones. the overall skintones have to be smoothe...you can't do that a little bit at a time with little brushes, thats when I pull out the big rounds...load my brush up with watered down hues and slop it on. I let it dry very well then start carving out my shapes with smaller, less saturated brushes...most of the time I fill my brush, then dot it on my papertowel to make sure I don't have too much. I can't do details with too wet of a brush.

Also, sometimes the very tinyest of a spot can make something look so off with a portrait...an elongated shadow, too much highlight...too dark, too light, wrong shade...it all is so very very important. This is why I never never never show my client the portrait until it is completely done. This way, they don't see the imperfections in it until I have fixed all of them, when I catch them. Sometimes there may be something bugging the stew out of me for the longest time and it isn't until i'm done with the whole thing that I realize what it is, and it will be something absolutely so minut but usually only recognizable by me, but really do fix it....this is my tweaking period. Every portrait I do goes through it...This is the point that I mentally release it and call it finished. I'm satisfied with her face at this point...lots LOTS more to do. I hope I am able to get the daughter as well as I feel I have gotten her. I was worried about doing a grown woman..all I've done are children and my dad. This is the reason I started with her. I wanted to make sure I did the hardest one first, always do. That way I don't waste time doing the easy ones then mess up on the hard one and ruin the whole painting. I'm more comfortable doing young people only because i've done more of them. Hopefully my confidence will pay off and i'll peg her too.

Thanks again!

BTW, it will be with this painting that I will do a clothing demo in the portrait classroom (the portrait forum)...between this one and the boy on the train tracks commission that is next. I will probably still only paint on my Thursdays but take step by step shots of the process, then post it all with comments. Wish I could have done the eyes, or teeth, but all that was left was clothing once I agreed to help with the portrait classroom.

murliss
08-27-2005, 04:15 AM
Monique

I'm soooo glad that you'd noticed the nose as well, I wasn't sure about commenting on it when no-one else had. You've fixed it perfectly, as I was sure you would.

I can't believe you paint such huge pictures with such tiny brushes - you must have patience in spades and your control of the medium is awesome!!!

I'll be watching eagerly for the next update!

ArtsyMom x3
08-27-2005, 08:43 AM
Monique

I'm soooo glad that you'd noticed the nose as well, I wasn't sure about commenting on it when no-one else had. You've fixed it perfectly, as I was sure you would.

I can't believe you paint such huge pictures with such tiny brushes - you must have patience in spades and your control of the medium is awesome!!!

I'll be watching eagerly for the next update!

Lin, ok now, I can't continue to post if folks don't feel comfortable being honest with me....NO ONE is too good to be honest with...I find flaws in paintings that the artist (that owns the gallery that I paint at on Thursday's) paints. guess what, I tell him too....he gets 50-100k for paintings...no one is perfect and the only way to grow and improve is to have other eyes help you along. PLEASE don't be shy to tell me what you see...that is truly one of the main assets of this place is the honesty from folks around the world...I think it is because we are still somewhat annonymous, to a degree, and it is easier to critique someone's work in type on the computer than if you were standing next to them studying the piece in person.

I truly love and appreciate every single nit that is ever told to me...I am defininately NOT one of those types of people that thinks my work is perfect, at any point, and can't take critique from people, or get my feelings hurt. I know I do a pretty good job at what I do and I depend on you guys to help me to fix anything out of whack. Promise me you will tell me next time if you see something. My worst fear is to not "see" something like that nose and have no one bring it to my attention until the client does! THAT would be horrible to me. I never let them see it until it is as good as it gets...that way, hopefully that will never happen. When I get to the point that the painting is, in my eyes, the best one I have ever done, thats when I call them and tell them it is ready.

Thanks for letting me know you saw it...I apprecicate your eyes!!

ArtsyMom x3
08-27-2005, 10:57 AM
I noticed something else about her nose, it looked a little too harsh, still, so I realized there was a shadow I had too dark, it made her nose look more relaxed, to me. See? i'm a little crazy, aren't I (did I say little?). I wet it and scrubbed it ever so softly, total time? 10 seconds...all the difference in the world to me, probably undetectable to anyone else!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2005/30384-nose__photo.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2005/30384-nose__after.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2005/30384-nose__after_2.jpg

it looks softer to me now, more natural and relaxed
full view with new fix:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2005/30384-Liz_face_nose2.jpg

Laurie2
08-27-2005, 04:32 PM
Absolutely incredible...what a difference a dab makes :)

Proverbs 3:5-6
08-27-2005, 11:19 PM
It's lookin' great!!:clap: :clap: :clap: The nose looks so much better now.

Morgan

murliss
08-31-2005, 06:16 PM
Woohoo!! It's almost Thursday!

Awaiting the next update with bated breath - pant, pant, pant!!!

ArtsyMom x3
08-31-2005, 07:01 PM
Woohoo!! It's almost Thursday!

Awaiting the next update with bated breath - pant, pant, pant!!!


Bless your heart...this Thursday will have to wait until next Thursday..we've been struck by Hurricane Katrina and are recovering! Primary home is fine, beach house is hit hard, kids school hit, they won't be back to school until next Tuesday. We just got power back this afternoon and are waiting for the house to cool off. The woman in this painting and her family completely lost their home, flooded completely. This will be one of her only prized possessions once it is complete, and will include the view that she used to see from her home of the river she has lived on. Thanks for the cheering, and I'll read this again next wednesday! :)

laudesan
08-31-2005, 08:15 PM
Monique how dreadful.. :( My heart goes out to your friend, I sure hope that the insurance company doesn't take too long in rebuilding her home. Were is she staying now???


(((((My heart goes out to all of you.)))))

Brian Barnes
08-31-2005, 08:32 PM
Hi Monique

I've been thinking about you all through this storm. Glad to hear you and your home are OK. Sorry about the beach house though.

You need a very special good eye to pick up on the slightest little details for portraits ......... and you've sure got it! :) That last change makes a whopping difference. It is amazing how that kind of miniscule change can make such a difference to a face ..... and facial recognition in some cases.

BrianB

murliss
09-01-2005, 01:33 AM
Monique, how awful for you all! Glad that you're safe and starting to slowly get back to 'normal'
I'll be waiting and sending tons of white light in the direction of you and your friend.

ArtsyMom x3
09-01-2005, 09:20 AM
Monique how dreadful.. :( My heart goes out to your friend, I sure hope that the insurance company doesn't take too long in rebuilding her home. Were is she staying now???


(((((My heart goes out to all of you.)))))


Thanks for commenting...I talked to our friend (my daughter's teacher last year) who the woman in this portrait stayed with during the storm and she said the water was 4 feet inside her house and it was a MESS. I told her that we went through that last year with Ivan. My husband and I own a house on Dauphin Island that is on the ground, more in the woods, and when my dad died, we let my mom and gmother live there indefininitely....well, that time became Ivan. They had over 3 feet inside the house there and lost everything. They had to start over. The house still stands but is condemned. Now with this storm, I can't imagine how much water it took on and now it will for sure get torn down and pushed to the street. We will rebuild something to sell or rent on that spot. As far as my friend, she is now renting a house closer to school. I can't get in touch with her yet, but I hear she is ok. They too lost everything and will start over.

Other friends have lost their beachhouses down there for sure. I spoke to a dear friend who called me from her cell phone while standing on the spot her house USED to be. she found a spoon, a telephone and a cinder block. The two houses next to mine down there have totally dissappeared, not even a piling. One flipped over mine, and landed in my backyard, against the house behind me. You can definately see where it impacted my house on its leapfrog mission over mine.

It will take a LONG time to get this place and the entire rest of the coast from here west, back into any kind of shape, but knowing the spirit of the south, it will get there eventually. I grew up in Louisiana and all of my relatives live there currently. I hope to get confirmation that all is well with them. My father is buried in Biloxi, close to the coast. I hope all is well with that military cemetery too.

Thanks!

ArtsyMom x3
09-01-2005, 09:24 AM
Hi Monique

I've been thinking about you all through this storm. Glad to hear you and your home are OK. Sorry about the beach house though.

You need a very special good eye to pick up on the slightest little details for portraits ......... and you've sure got it! :) That last change makes a whopping difference. It is amazing how that kind of miniscule change can make such a difference to a face ..... and facial recognition in some cases.

BrianB


You completely understand the process...it's the tiniest of tiny things that make or break a person's recognition, to me. I see it all the time, and i'm glad you pointed it out! I feel like a little crazy when I try to seek out these sort of littlest of details, lol, but it truly is the perfectionism of the craft that can create a true portrait of an individual.

Thanks for taking the time to comment on this!

ArtsyMom x3
09-01-2005, 09:24 AM
Monique, how awful for you all! Glad that you're safe and starting to slowly get back to 'normal'
I'll be waiting and sending tons of white light in the direction of you and your friend.

THANK YOU....

Cattleprod Karl
09-01-2005, 12:17 PM
Geez, Monique, that's terrible. Hard to hear about all the destruction that Katrina caused. I thought we'd had it hard last year, getting hit directly by 3 hurricanes in 40 days, but it was nothing compared to what's happening on the Gulf coast. Devastating.

Seems almost surreal that you are now working on a painting that will likely become something close to a family heirloom. In the wake of last year's storms I have often thought that losing "stuff" isn't a big deal. It's the photographs, though, that would simply crush me to lose.

olliewood0702
09-01-2005, 02:29 PM
(((((((((((Monique & friends in the south))))))))))))) We will be waiting patiently for an update. God Bless you and yours! Simply awful news and such devastation.

ArtsyMom x3
09-01-2005, 03:02 PM
Here is my beachhouse now...it is somewhat smashed, but better than friends' homes which no longer exist!

Thanks both of you for commenting....it is something else, i'll tell ya!!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384- beachhouse.jpg

This is my view now, before, there were two houses in between mine and the one at the shoreline...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384-beachhouse5.jpg

Here's the one that did leapfrog over mine....this pile of wood was my neighor's house, it stood on the other side of mine and hit mine and flipped over into my back neighbor's house.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384-beachhouse2.jpg

This house was at the end of my street on the beach (the one with the blue roof), now it sits about a football field away, in a new house's front yard. It traveled, airborne, over 4 houses, crossed a street and landed in their yard.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384-beachhouse3.jpg

Here is an oil rig that now sits just off the beach now on Dauphin Island that traveled 64 miles from the offshore in Louisiana:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384-beachhouse4.jpg

Just thought you would find this interesting!! This is what we are seeing, and actually, just a snapshot. It is so much worse than that here, and worse from a water standpoint everywhere else!

ArtsyMom x3
09-01-2005, 04:11 PM
forgot this, this is the before picture looking down my street...the house with the blue roof at the end on the left is the one that is a football field away now....the yellow house on the right and the porch that you see right behind the white truck are the other two that are completely gone, right by me...the one that you only see the porch behind the truck is the one that is piled up wood that leaped over mine.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2005/30384-beachhouse_street_before.jpg

laudesan
09-01-2005, 09:19 PM
Thank goodness you and your friends weren't holidaying in those beach-houses at the time. Oh Monique, what dreadful devastation..:crying:

Cattleprod Karl
09-01-2005, 09:34 PM
Wow, utterly amazing. Hell hath no fury like mother nature.

Yorky
09-02-2005, 03:19 AM
Amazing and horrifying devastation, Monique :eek:

Doug

Jade Scarlett
09-02-2005, 08:59 AM
Monique, I'm devastated with those news. My heart goes to you all.

Jade

jaydiva
09-02-2005, 09:36 AM
Monique, such horrible devastation!!
I'm so glad you weren't staying in your beach house and you and your friends are alright.

Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

ArtsyMom x3
09-09-2005, 05:41 PM
Just not a lot to show on this update, I think, so I was even hesitant to even post this Thursday's progress! Here it is anyway...hate when the coloring isn't right yet, underlayer showing, pinks...got eyes in, though...more, lots more to do!! Next week will bring her out! Just watch!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_photo.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_eyes_photo.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_eyes1.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2005/30384-Blank1.jpg

Sorry not much progress!!

leverettfinn
09-09-2005, 05:58 PM
Just beautiful Monique....

Lauren

murliss
09-09-2005, 06:39 PM
Woo-hoo!!! So glad I caught this latest update before I go on my holidays (on Sunday morning)!!!
I shall miss this for the next couple of weeks, but will be sure to look it out when I get back!
You're doin' great Monique - the circumstances over there must be difficult to say the least, but you're still in there!! Lookin real good from my side of the screen!
Lin

jaydiva
09-10-2005, 07:02 AM
coming along perfectly, Monique!!


Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

ArtsyMom x3
09-15-2005, 04:42 PM
Today's progress...will post a few step by step photos later this afternoon...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_2.jpg

I've got a series of about 5 photos showing the progress up to this point...

laudesan
09-15-2005, 10:20 PM
Looking pretty good, her eyes are wonderful.

Her chin looks like it is a little dirty tho'.. ; or a bruise, and the crease in her neck looks a little too brown too..

ArtsyMom x3
09-16-2005, 07:01 AM
Looking pretty good, her eyes are wonderful.

Her chin looks like it is a little dirty tho'.. ; or a bruise, and the crease in her neck looks a little too brown too..

Thanks for commenting! You and I think alike! There are several things that I need to do to it, soften and lift things here and there, chin for sure, and I need to glaze over it again, and smooth out some waterlines here and there, the lines on either side of the nose, etc., plenty more to do. I worked on this sucker all day yesterday and I was rushed and tired by the time I posted it so I didn't take the time to add much of an explanation to the stage it was at. chin line has to be softened but shadows will be kind of deep on neck from hair shadow, like the moms is. it will help tremendously when the hair is blocked in. more softening to do around her mouth...just lifting areas slightly that look too dark. I end up doing this a lot, usually, I try to duplicate my ref. photo, but realize that even though those shadows are dark in the photo, it doesn't add anything good to the painting to duplicate them. So, I end up softening them and they don't draw the eye as much. I'm going to do that here, the first opportunity I have with a wet brush and a papertowel!

Thanks again! I'll add the other photos, yesterday's steps, later this morning.

ArtsyMom x3
09-16-2005, 07:22 AM
Yesterday's WIP to get to what I posted:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-IMG_2804.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-IMG_2805.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-IMG_2806.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-IMG_2807.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-IMG_2808.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_2.jpg

nes7827
09-16-2005, 10:36 AM
Hello mom looking great as usual...I dont look in here enough now that the forums have changed, will change that.

Hope you don't mind if I remind you there are a whole bunch of other artists around here that also post work....you might give them a second or two of your valuable time-Nick

ArtsyMom x3
09-16-2005, 11:19 AM
Hello mom looking great as usual...I dont look in here enough now that the forums have changed, will change that.

Hope you don't mind if I remind you there are a whole bunch of other artists around here that also post work....you might give them a second or two of your valuable time-Nick


Hey there ArtsyPop x1 (that was you, right?)....will do...

lol...I have a problem not getting carried away when I start posting my responses to folks...I can't just stop with one or two, and I get almost emotionally involved with their work, as I do my own...sad, isn't it! :angel:

I do look at them, but think of so many things I want to tell them and I get overwhelmed and plan on coming back to do it when I have time...and when does that happen? it doesn't. I'll work on that. deal?

Becky-Bob
09-16-2005, 10:58 PM
Monique....absolutely fabulous work!! :clap: :clap:

ArtsyMom x3
09-22-2005, 04:32 PM
Thursday progress.....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2005/30384-Blank2.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2005/30384-catherine_3.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2005/30384-cross.jpg

more work on the daughter's jawline, but that will be fixed with the neck color being put in. possibly more to do on hair on her too....

loved doing that cross!! She'll love it, she wears that cross just about every day. It turned out great, I think.

bluegenes
09-22-2005, 09:06 PM
Monique, this is coming along great! That cross is beautiful and very realistic!

Patty

laudesan
09-22-2005, 09:53 PM
Wooooooo-Hooooooooooooo

Proverbs 3:5-6
09-22-2005, 11:40 PM
Lookin' good!!

Morgan

Fireman's kid
09-23-2005, 12:23 PM
WOW! Still watching this beautiful WIP. I am amazed how the people in the portrait come to life thanks to your brushes. :)

ArtsyMom x3
09-29-2005, 04:40 PM
Today's progress...will be back later with better photos and closeups...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2005/30384-Blank3_small.jpg

mustcreate
09-29-2005, 04:46 PM
oh Monique this is looking fabulous!!! truly beautiful work

cross is gorgeous

I may have missed you saying so, but have you decided on a background?

em

Cattleprod Karl
09-29-2005, 10:26 PM
Absolutely stunning. I'm in awe.

laudesan
09-29-2005, 10:48 PM
Fabulous. Mom is so young, they look like sisters..

Brian Barnes
09-30-2005, 01:41 AM
Lookin' fabulous! Still in awe of your patience ....... and talent of course. :) I can see why you're pleased with the way the cross turned out. I would be too!

BrianB

ArtsyMom x3
09-30-2005, 01:04 PM
wow! What a response to such a short post I made!!

em, I will be doing somewhat of a wet wash of the river and treeline behind them, off in the distance, somewhat blurry....that's my plan, anyway...I'm going to be terrified to even put a drop of paint on it once I get them how I want them!! Always am! but, once it's done, I won't be able to imagine what it was like without it there. I think it will pull it together nicely....

Karl, Brian, laudesan, thank you so much for your votes of confidence, as always! I see things I want to change, as usual, but I'll get to it! I'm really REALLY struggling with the daughter's shirt...REALLY....we changed it from a round neck to a v neck and also, you can't tell from my touched up photo, but I lowered her shoulder down and created a gap between her mother's chest and her shoulder...it wasn't a very flattering pose that we ended up with...so, I digitally took care of it, BUT that left me with having to reposition her shoulder and shirt, etc., now having to makeup folds in the shirt! This is a challenge to me, i'm ALWAYS a slave to my photo, to my demise....i've GOT to pull this off! The daughter will be my toughest critic, i'm SURE. She'll then convince her mom that i've messed something up....aren't all teenagers that way? lol

any ref. photos of shirts on women in this position so I can look at where natural folds will be, will be a great help!!

Thanks again!

Brian Barnes
09-30-2005, 04:02 PM
Not sure why you have to invent different folds in her shirt. Also not sure what if anything is a digital manip in the last view.

I looked at the original photo and see she has a white shirt. Thought came to mind that being white the folds don't show well. Did a manip in PS by turning the contrast way up and brightness down a bit. Any folds there show quite clearly. Not sure if this helps.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/33172-shirt-creases.jpg

Whatever you've done so far looks quite natural to me. But hey ....... my characters don't wear clothes so I don't get much practice with them. Clothing catalogues and flyers might be a good source for images if you need ideas like that.

PS: I observe that a cotton shirt has sharper folds/creases than the fabric the Mom is wearing. Whatever ..... what do I know. :confused: Just another thought.

Hope I haven't confused the issue. Better get back to my ironing before I get myself into trouble. :D

BrianB

Laurie2
09-30-2005, 06:18 PM
Hi Monique...I am still an avid viewer and even though I don't comment very much...as with the others I am in awe and rapt in your talented approach to this portrait.
Superb!

ArtsyMom x3
10-01-2005, 02:03 PM
a little more tweaking, widened the mom's face some, softened outline on jawline, shaped arm better....deepened white shirt where it comes in contact with arm, did a wash over both hair...to tone down white blonde....these changes may not be too noticeable, but I think improve the overall look. They are changes you would really have to hunt for! reddish tones in skin will get toned down once the background is in, as always!
Before:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2005/30384-Blank3_small.jpg
After:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2005/30384-Blank4_small.jpg

ArtsyMom x3
10-01-2005, 02:37 PM
P.S. my husband keeps reminding me to stop painting them EXACTLY as they are, meaning, don't draw attention to the flaws here and there, and where there are flaws, try to improve on them without changing their appearance at all....this is possible, but takes time tweaking...I changed the slight bucked tooth look about her mouth...changed the almost flared look to her nostrils and overall face, which I'm afraid I had done to her, not necessarily what she was doing in the picture. I tend to be so hard with my contrasts of values and always have to go back and soften my values...still mainting true likeness, but softening it all.....that is what portraiture is all about...

ArtsyMom x3
10-06-2005, 10:00 PM
Here is today's progress....started on the background...YIPPEEE!!!

started the tree line, there will be a point at which the trees come in contact with the water, where there will be a line and then a reflection of the trees in the water, then the lines in the water showing movement, which I have started to put in, then it comes down to a view of the dock, then over the girl's shoulder, a glimpse of the aderondack (sp) chair they are sitting in/on.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2005/30384-Blank_5_small.jpg

laudesan
10-06-2005, 10:12 PM
Woweeeeeeeeee, is this painting looking good or what!!!!! :)

Lynn Quinn
10-07-2005, 10:38 AM
I was wondering how ther BG was going to work with this, but the colour choice for daughter's t-shirt is really pulling it together with the BG. This will be smashing when its done!

ArtsyMom x3
10-07-2005, 12:20 PM
Lynn and JJ, thanks so much!! I am so excited about this background, it has been a while since I've done landscape type of paintings, I'm really loving the opportunity! and it sure does tie it all together so nicely!!!! I can't WAIT to really work on it and finish it up, this is so exciting to me!

Granny R
10-07-2005, 12:24 PM
Oh Wow!! this is gorgeous. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Ruth

T Christensen
10-07-2005, 01:48 PM
Monique ....This is really Grand and such a wonderful likeness , but I'm disturbed by the now skin renditions , unless its the photo . On 9/22 Thursday update everything looked perfect , did you work on the skin tones since then ? Its really no big deal just thought I would point it out for future . I know my santa's skin tones dirtied up when I uploaded compared to original . You do magnificent work ..........TerryC

ArtsyMom x3
10-07-2005, 01:52 PM
Monique ....This is really Grand and such a wonderful likeness , but I'm disturbed by the now skin renditions , unless its the photo . On 9/22 Thursday update everything looked perfect , did you work on the skin tones since then ? Its really no big deal just thought I would point it out for future . I know my santa's skin tones dirtied up when I uploaded compared to original . You do magnificent work ..........TerryC

I know my skin tones look different every time because of having to digitally change and alter the photos having taken them in different lighting. I always have to alter the light and contrasts, and either take out or add red, blue, green, etc., to make it look as close as I can to the original. Please let me know what area you are referring to, and if you like, I can try to step outside and shoot a better picture. I CERTAINLY don't need muddy skintones..that is the farthest from what I'm going for, lol...so, please let me know what you are seeing. Thanks!

T Christensen
10-07-2005, 02:27 PM
When I compare the 9/22 upload to the current one , I'm going to point out the mothers neck area and the daughters lower face . Thats all thats shown in 9/22 , I prefer the 9/22 rendition . But I wanted to check to see if the current upload is darker than the IRL version . Because of my experience I'm sure it is .........Terryc

ArtsyMom x3
10-07-2005, 05:09 PM
Here is the color corrected version...is this better?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2005/30384-Blank_6_small_color_correct.jpg

T Christensen
10-07-2005, 05:40 PM
Yes ! Much better ............TerryC

mustcreate
10-07-2005, 06:19 PM
terrific progress Monique!!!

you are on the home stretch now:)

em

Ze Artiste
10-09-2005, 01:48 PM
Hi Monique,

Aren't these the gals on the cover of this weeks Parade magazine section of the Sunday paper? I recognized them instantly from your marvelous painting!

ArtsyMom x3
10-09-2005, 02:26 PM
Hi Monique,

Aren't these the gals on the cover of this weeks Parade magazine section of the Sunday paper? I recognized them instantly from your marvelous painting!
LOL, I highly doubt it, or I would have heard. I don't get the paper but I'll be on the lookout!! Sweetie!!

edit here....I just went to parade's website...is
This (http://www.parade.com/) what you are talking about?? lol, close, but no cigar... very close, in fact....I looked at it, then looked at the painting in here, I can see why you said that.;) :D

Ze Artiste
10-10-2005, 04:21 PM
Wow, the mother in the Parade article really looks like the one in your painting. I guess the daughter doesn't bear quite as much resemblance to your painting though. I didn't go back to the start of the thread before I posted. Oops! :rolleyes:

jaydiva
10-10-2005, 04:43 PM
This came together very well (sorry that i haven't posted any earlier).
You've achieved a marvelous likeness and i absolutely like your husbands advice.



Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

my new art website (http://www.diva-design.de/JBB/index.htm)

ArtsyMom x3
10-13-2005, 04:42 PM
FINAL PRODUCT!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2005/30384-Blank_7_small_color_correct.jpg

bluegenes
10-13-2005, 05:05 PM
Beautiful!!

Patty

Laurie2
10-13-2005, 05:10 PM
Stunning!

Jade Scarlett
10-13-2005, 05:52 PM
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW.....you get the idea:D.......

Congratulations Monique:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:. This is absolutely stunning!!!!



JADE

Sue Galos
10-13-2005, 05:59 PM
Breath taking! - glad I popped in to check out the finale. They glow!

laudesan
10-13-2005, 09:55 PM
Oh My. They must be blownb away with this painting, it is gobsmackingly beautiful!!!!!

Christie
10-13-2005, 10:49 PM
Stunning! Have they seen it yet?

ArtsyMom x3
10-13-2005, 11:01 PM
Stunning! Have they seen it yet?
Yes!! I did the unveiling today and they were visably blown away!! They were in awe as to how it was exactly them. It was just wonderful!

Thanks!!

Christie
10-13-2005, 11:15 PM
I am so pleased the they liked it! I am even pleaseder (a new word from my 8 year old daughter today!:D ) that they will have such a beautiful memory and that you were able to create it for them.

ArtsyMom x3
10-16-2005, 10:53 AM
Thanks to all of you sweethearts!! So sweet of you to hang in there with me to the finish!!

They did really love it and now want me to do another of the three son's, maybe with their dad, and maybe each individually. Since I did this one, I've had a surge in requests for commissions, I now, including whatever turns out from this family on a second round of the boys, the old one I did with the kids on the wooden swing, with the red rubber boots? the mom wants me to do another one full sheet of her and the two kids on the beach, as a surprise for their dad. Got a closeup of a boy to do on a quarter sheet, another friend wants me to do her two kids waist up on the beach, full sheet, and the principal of the highschool part of our college prep school that my kids are in 2nd, 4th and 6th grade at (which also was my football coach at school..he still calls me his cheerleader)...saw me in a convenience store yesterday and has asked me to do a full sheet of his three grandkids that live in Hawaii....hmmm...I told him I he will need to get with me pretty soon so that I can put him on my list officially. hmm....getting pretty busy...going up on my prices too...gotta make this worth my wild!