View Full Version : A little cutie in blue

10-09-2006, 06:53 AM
Hi all fellow wet canvasers - hope you all had a happy thanksgiving in your part of the world- I'm working on this lovely little girl - taking a moment to ponder .....
acrylics on waterpaper 29x21 cm:


Any suggestions will be very welcome, Ruth

Tempus Fugit
10-09-2006, 07:00 AM
sorry I have no suggestions, I just wanted to say that she looks BEAUTIFUL!

10-09-2006, 02:10 PM
she really is a cutie!! you have a great way with childrens portraits

10-09-2006, 02:11 PM
This is so BEAUTIFUL!
Well done;-)))
Are you using hot or cold press paper, and what kind pls?

10-09-2006, 09:15 PM
Hi Ruth,
I think this is fantastic as-is.
It has a sort of a timeless quality to it that I really like.
The realistic rendering of her features is what really catches my eye.
VERY well done !!!!

10-09-2006, 09:23 PM
coming along beautifully Ruth. You certainly have a gift for portraiture.

Margaret 59
10-09-2006, 09:48 PM
Awww......how cute!

10-09-2006, 10:18 PM
Absolutely beautiful Ruth. I love the thoughtful expression and the pose of her hand. You are so good at getting expression.

A little Critique from me, hope you don't mind: The eyes are just a little flat and could be easily brought to life by adding lighter shades to the iris to make them more translucent. I hope you don't mind but I fiddled with them to show you what I mean.

Compare here with the image you posted and see what you think.

10-09-2006, 10:49 PM
Thanks Elaine, I think that works beautifully - she has totally dark eyes in the ref and i have progressively darkened them - but those flat eyes were bothering me too.
Thanks Stella, Dreamz. Lulu, Chloe, Steve, Margaret- need to play a bit more with her facial tones - ref has a gorgeous glow which I am thinking how to replicate. have to up the sat to see this -
(funny how the blues don't differentiate in daylight photo - they are certainly not this light and vibrant on painting - but by the time I saturate photo to show colours this happens - will knock back the blue though as it is hurting my eyes looking at the screen))
My heart is very heavy - so sad about Carrie - I obviously hardly knew her, but she was painting on the day she died ---- I keep thinking of her family - it must of been a shock for them.

Lady Carol
10-10-2006, 12:01 AM
Yup!! She is really cute. Is she one of yours?

10-10-2006, 05:18 PM
Absolutely beautiful and very well done!:clap:

Charlie's Mum
10-10-2006, 05:56 PM
Lovely Ruth!
It's hard not to over-do the tones in child portraiture I think - but you cope with them beautifully.
The eyes are more rounded now too - and regardless of the ref, a little shadow from the upper lid always helps!

Nice work :D

10-10-2006, 06:26 PM
Thanks Carol, sorry, forgot to say I found her in the reference image library some time ago and had saved her for a rainy day!!. Will find out who posted and pm it to them.
Thanks Stephan, very kind
Maureen, thanks for lending your eyes - I have darkened the shadows -under upper eyelid, still not showing as per painting - maybe my inadequate camera skills.
Have a good day everyone, Ruth

Roger Evans
10-10-2006, 08:17 PM
Hah! What a Bee-U-Teee.

You have the market cornered on chil'ren's portraits, ma'am. Perhaps when I tire of horses and cowpokes, I'll give young'n's a try. Looks just great, like always.