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03-25-2007, 04:21 AM

Hi, just finished this one of a family friend who's a retired minister. The background needs a little work.
The effect of the light caught my eye...

03-25-2007, 08:06 AM
The lighting and composition are just beautiful! All the interest is in that profile and how powerful it is!

cal studio
03-25-2007, 08:27 AM
This is beautiful as is. I would not touch the background at all. I am a huge fan of your work. Did he sit for you or do you use photos? What surface and pastels???

03-25-2007, 09:02 AM
Amazing work! As always. I am a fan of your work too. :clap::clap:

03-25-2007, 09:29 AM
Quite stunning. You have absolutely used the light. Aletta

03-25-2007, 09:56 AM
This is just striking! Don't touch the background, please.... his face doesn't need a distraction.... it's beautiful just as it is. What an amazing talent you have!!!! Donna Roth

Donna T
03-25-2007, 09:59 AM
You are SO talented! This is an amazing portrait and the light hitting this face is an attention-getter. I hope to see your work published someday!

Donna T

Terry Wynn
03-25-2007, 10:45 AM
Wonderful. I wouldn't touch the background either. The attention is where it should be and anything adding to the background would just detract, IMHO.



03-25-2007, 11:11 AM
Brilliant work! You've captured the light effect perfectly! Wonderful portrait!

03-25-2007, 01:20 PM
Mang, your work always just takes my breath away. This is a stunning portrait, both highly original and worthy of comparison with the masters. IMHO, I guess I should add. So much life, so much personality, it is moving.

Dayle Ann

03-25-2007, 02:16 PM
Hi there,

Quality !!!!!

Kind regards,


03-25-2007, 03:49 PM
I am full of admiration, this ia a superb piece of work - do NOT touch the background! It stands as it is - wonderful.

03-25-2007, 03:57 PM
My goodness!
Your responses are very moving; he's a fantastic man, always great to draw.
Re the background, I only really wanted to make it more even rather than fancier, shall bear your kind comments in mind though.
Thanks again.

03-25-2007, 04:43 PM
fabulous !! .... just as we can expect from you ...

03-25-2007, 05:30 PM
This portrait is breathtaking. It has great character. WoW!

03-25-2007, 05:38 PM
What a stunning work of art. I could look at it all day.


Bhavana Vijay
03-25-2007, 06:35 PM
WOW...WOW...I am speechless...

03-25-2007, 06:43 PM
What a stunning work of art. I could look at it all day.


i agree! :)

03-25-2007, 07:36 PM
Stunning work - absolutely gorgeous.The composition is dramatic and the lighting exquisite. I understand what you are saying about the background...but it really looks fine as it is. However, if you do decide to re-work it pleasebe careful!
:clap: Bravo!:clap:

03-25-2007, 10:41 PM
Love the lighting and your painterly approach!!! It's a stunner - Fabulous!!!

So... real life posing or from a photo? Just curious!


Paula Ford
03-25-2007, 11:04 PM
:eek: WOW....let me say that again....WOW!!!



03-26-2007, 01:36 AM
Hi, the picture's on sandboard.
I spent an hour with him, photographing +++before the light disappeared. He allowed me to do a few sketches of his profile.
The rest had to be done afterwards from the best of the photos, especially as he's singing in this one.
Bothers me sometimes, but I can't see how to do pics like this without the wonders of digital! At least with taking my own pictures I'm in control of the pose and lighting.
I'll see what's said at the workshop...

03-26-2007, 02:52 AM
bothers *me* that i can't even do it *with* the digital images !! ... :lol: ... and i'd bet dollars to donuts that what you can do without a photo is better'n average at the worst !! ... :cat: ...

Mary Brigid
03-26-2007, 04:37 AM
Stunning work :clap: :clap: :clap:
Mary Brigid

03-26-2007, 04:49 AM
Very well done! This kind of portrait of pastels will be my next adventure..

03-26-2007, 07:59 AM

The impact of this is stunning.

The background is fine as it is. Anything else would totally detract from the immediate impact.

03-26-2007, 04:20 PM
Just wondering what others think of working from photos versus life. Very hard to pin children down for live work (although I find large staples work very well...)

03-26-2007, 06:06 PM
Well, I'm not brave enough to attempt portraits, and after seeing this, I'm totally intimidated! This painting is wonderful!

For landscapes my preference is working plein aire, but I live at 8600 ft in the mountains, and the wind and weather are just brutal during much of the year. So photo's keep me painting in the winter, but I love the outdoors in the warmer months.

Karen Margulis
03-26-2007, 06:28 PM
Wonderful work! I really love your portraits!


03-26-2007, 09:57 PM
I love it!! A very unique and stunning portrait!!

03-26-2007, 10:19 PM
Sometimes when I see a really fine work, I think "Maybe someday I could do that."

And sometimes I just go "WOW! This is so far beyond me!"

This one is a "WOW!"


03-26-2007, 10:54 PM

03-27-2007, 04:02 AM
Thank you for the positive comments. Think I'll frame him then..
BTW, the jaw dropping smilie made me laugh out loud!
Thanks again

03-27-2007, 04:06 AM
A really excellent piece of work, thought it was a photograph at first. Congratulations.
Best wishes, Ken..

03-27-2007, 10:49 AM
Just wondering what others think of working from photos versus life. Very hard to pin children down for live work (although I find large staples work very well...)

I have to admit I've not tried that process but after some models have posed for me, they may think it was what I was trying... I find that you can't have enough tape around them to get them back into position... unless of course you have a large mirror in the back of the room for them to use as a guide to go back into position.

Best of luck with the staples....

Isn't painting from life so much better than from photos???? I get too frustrated now with photos.


03-27-2007, 03:03 PM
Hi, I found myself recently 3/4 finished of an oil picture when the 10 year old gave up on sitting for me. Very frustrating!
I agree pics from life are a very different prospect, I find myself tending to be trapped with the use of colour from photos because of the static way it's captured, even with digital.
Sometimes it's all that's practical though.

03-27-2007, 06:28 PM
Stunning Portrait, and I love the title


03-28-2007, 05:42 PM
The superlatives so far are absolutely accurate...wonderful work...what an inspiration!

03-29-2007, 01:48 AM
Thank you larubia I've just seen your own first pastel self portrait, really lovely with great skin tones. I'm thinking of heading in the opposite direction towards oils but I'm having too much fun!
Hope you enjoy this great medium

03-29-2007, 02:07 AM
Stunning and absoloutely everything that everyone has said!!! Mang you need to publish a book of your artwork!
You truely capture something that you do not see very often in portraits these days. Your portraits are just amazing!


bruce johnson
03-29-2007, 02:41 AM
I agree with all the previous comments... top stuff Mang.. love the colour selction in this portrait ... yellows and oranges reds are my fav combo's...

03-29-2007, 03:10 AM
beautiful work, i really like the crop and you have captured the light perfectly.

i hope you are entering lots of exhibitions with these :thumbsup:

03-29-2007, 08:01 PM
Just beautiful!! Love the feel, good portraiture!