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03-02-2006, 03:36 PM
Hello, I'm new to this forum and am intimidated by all the fine work I see on here. This is only my second attempt at portraiture and it is a copy of an Eduard Manet's Berthe Morisot in a Black Hat
I know my painting looks nothing like his Berthe, but I tried hard and know the eyes are kind wide eyed and staring but with your help and suggestions maybe my next attempt will be a big improvement. :o
Any and all critiques most welcome but don't be too hard, lol :angel:
03-03-2006, 06:16 AM
Hi purple: Welcome here!
First peek for me here on yours.
Critique wise, since you ask, I'd recommend some drawing exercises if you want to improve on form such as eyes, etc. Just do some observation and sketching, even from good photos in natural light, of faces. I'd persoanlly do that at this stage, before tackling a painting.
This all depends on whether you want to stylize your figures and portraits or want them to be more true to life, realistic. I am going solely from your comments above on the eyes, etc., in my suggestion. This is highly stylized and you could push and develop that style, perfecting it and make it your own. There are lots of artists who lean towards that.
03-03-2006, 07:19 AM
Welcome to the Portraiture Forum. :wave: It's great to have you here. I really like your Portrait very much, especially considering it is only your second one. You are doing the right thing by practicing, so keep on keeping on, and post each new one you do, as I'd love to see them. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
03-03-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi Purple, I absolutely love this portrait. It is stylized, and that's what makes it so lovely, and uniquely your very own. It captured my attention right away. The sweetness of the girl's wide-eyes is so appleaing. I like the way you painted the white blouse. The simple background sets the painting off beautifully. Very good job. Again, I love it, love it, love it.
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03-04-2006, 07:28 AM
Thank you Jocelyn, Val and Jenner for your comments and suggestions. I'm going to work on on improving.
THANKS SO MUCH.
03-04-2006, 09:45 AM
Well, enjoy the journey Purple!
03-04-2006, 09:01 PM
For your second attempt, you have done great, and whether you have likeness or not this portrait is effective because it was painted with a style you can exploit! It is very appealing. Good work.
03-05-2006, 12:21 PM
Janet, thank you so much for responding to the portrait I posted on here.
From one Floridian to another, I appreciate yours and all others who were gracious enough to comment. Since I'm new to Portraiture, this means a lot to me in terms of wanting to go forward and do others. :clap:
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