View Full Version : Black and white portrait WIP

09-12-2006, 06:22 PM
A quickie :wave: - watercolour 300gsm 21x29 cm This is a practice peice - will work on it again after work - 'black' mixed from raw umber + cobalt blue.
Any thing looking wrong = please let me know what you see

Lady Carol
09-12-2006, 06:30 PM
The eyes have it. Another great one.

09-12-2006, 06:48 PM
Go Girl..........:thumbsup: :clap:

09-12-2006, 06:53 PM
This is just wonderful!:clap: ginger

09-12-2006, 07:44 PM
Very nice portrait; lovely eyes.


09-12-2006, 08:37 PM
WHOA...... she's CUTE!! a little 2 much forehead though

09-12-2006, 09:01 PM
She is cute too! hehe has she got an older sister??Aucklands not that far away lolol.Awesome Ruth,lovely work.Look forward to seeing more...All the Best...Bully

Margaret 59
09-12-2006, 09:13 PM
I see a very pretty face....no crits.

09-12-2006, 09:30 PM
I was going to say that she doesn't really have blue hair - but now I see the painting in daylight OMG she does!!!!:lol:
Thanks Carol, Carrie, Ginger, AJ, Doc, Bully and Margaret. Looks like this is one for the boys - forgot to tell you she comes from our very own reference library and here is the image:
As you see mine is only a rough approximation - with plenty still to work on. It's harder with black to get it right and the black background I am finding challenging to work with.
I'll be checking her forehead Doc, as it does look a smidgeon high - will also try and work out her upper lip and deepen the shadows , not to mention the blue:lol:

09-12-2006, 10:19 PM
Update photo of painting:wave:
Thanks for looking in again, Ruth

09-13-2006, 02:42 AM
Further tweaking -
Any more improvements I can make? thanks guys, Ruth

jeff m
09-13-2006, 03:46 AM
Well I was scrolling up and down to look for differences, found a couple then scrolled down further to see there was another update with those differences already taken care off.
It looks ready to add those final highlights, To define length of nose and the dimple in the chin (Do you paint or lift?)

09-13-2006, 05:15 AM
Thanks Jeff for that - Don't know how you lift - it prob would highlight better then white paint - nothing like experimenting - will do some research on it...

09-13-2006, 05:29 AM
Wow Ruth, this is a totally beautiful Portrait -- I just love those eyes. :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

09-13-2006, 10:14 AM
Bravo Ruth, wish my finished work looked as good yours. You done marvelous with the watercolor (or is it acrylic on watercolor paper).


09-13-2006, 04:15 PM
Ruth you seem to be fearless, you'll give anything a go. Anyone would think you've been painting portraits for years. This is looking great. Just remember to keep all your edges soft especially around the moth and eyes, to maintain that feminine look.

09-13-2006, 05:04 PM
Thanks Elaine - using a darker paint to start was an almighty challenge - much more difficult to keep soft edges - need to water it down more next time. ( This is the one where I was painting whilst making the toast, lunches, etc and dropping the brush like a guilty alcoholic every time I heard my husband coming towards the kitchen - can't start enjoying that drink/ paintbrush too early in the morning:lol: )
Thanks Ann :wave: - you are a true artist, my friend and have an imitable style expressing emotion that I hope one day to emulate
Val, you are a champion encourager - thanks

09-13-2006, 07:42 PM
Beautiful, I wish I could do this too:clap:

09-14-2006, 03:46 AM
Aaahh, Ruth. You are just amazing. The eyes, the hair, the everything, I am just so green with :envy: . Huge claps your way - you're brilliant:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-14-2006, 06:04 AM
Hi Ruth, great portrait...oh the eyes just have it! Bravo :)

09-14-2006, 09:50 AM
(qoute)and dropping the brush like a guilty alcoholic every time I heard my husband coming towards the kitchen - can't start enjoying that drink/ paintbrush too early in the morning:lol:

Its rough when the partner doesn't understand the need. I cant count the times the Mrs has come looking for me at ?am muttering those sleepy words "what the ~~expletive deleted~~ are you doing? when the need hits... it hits

09-14-2006, 02:00 PM
Hi Stephan, ah, but you do other fab stuff I could not do
Lisa and Dreamz - you are with me on this: happiness is indeed painting
Dahlis, thanks girl . Your poetry quote is an inspiration.