View Full Version : Precious Cousins

07-11-2007, 01:02 AM
This is an old 16" x 20" canvas board that I sketched out years ago, decided it was far too advanced for my skill level and hid under my painting table. The digital photo was taken indoors and did not pick up all the highlighting in the background leaves and showed very black in the one corner. (I am running out of patience with this digital camera and am returning it for warranty repair or replacement.) I lightened it in photoshop but it lightened all of the picture. There are a couple WIP pics in the thread What's On Your Easel that show the color better. I do not usually have people in my pictures so I had a lot of trouble getting the legs right. Anyway,I am hoping for a little feedback on this portrayal of my granddaughters. I will try to get a better picture in the sunlight tomorrow.

07-11-2007, 10:52 AM
I think this is a great painting, I do think the flesh tones need tweeking, and some shadow one the bridge railings. Also some tones in the hats, especially the white one. Keep at it I think you could have a very good painting here. Jan

07-11-2007, 11:54 AM
Sue, I like the composition. I think the girls feet are too small though.

Li'l Brown
07-11-2007, 01:27 PM
Hey Sue! This is really sweet!

The legs of the girl on our left seem out of proportion. The back of her knees should be at least the same level or even higher than those of the shorter girl, i think. Maybe someone else will give you a clearer idea about that.


07-11-2007, 01:49 PM
I agree with all the points made but Ive got to say once its sorted it 'll be a beaut!

07-11-2007, 01:53 PM
I really like this...the mood, the dress....I wish I could actually see the girls holding their hands..but I really like this...

07-11-2007, 07:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. Jesslyn, you are quite right about the knees of the girl on the left, thanks so much for showing me that!! I will rework them. I am hoping this is a better picture and you will better see the tones in the skin and the color in the white hat.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jul-2007/10094-Cousins_500.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jul-2007/10094-Precious_Cousins.jpg

07-11-2007, 07:47 PM
Sue, these girls are darling! When you correct the leg issue, you will have a beautiful picture here. I especially love the little curls escaping from under the white hat.

07-13-2007, 05:51 PM
Thanks Lilith. Here is another pic, please excuse the bad shot the camera is on its way back to manufacturer and I am using the old webcam for photos. I have done some work to the legs of the girl on the left. Do you think this is better? She is so much taller and slimmer that the little one and I wanted to be able to see that. Please let me know what you think about the proportions now.

07-16-2007, 05:02 PM
Sue this is SO precious! The legs are better now though I am certainly not an expert. This will be a keeper for sure. You will have to get prints made for each of the girls.

07-29-2007, 08:25 PM
Thanks Lilith. The granddaughter visiting me now just loves it and wants to take it home, so prints are a great idea. I wish I had a better picture. I will try scanning this in sections and putting it back together and see what happens. If it works, I will post it!

07-30-2007, 04:53 AM
Hi Sue
A lovely painting and beautiful subject. I also feel the girl on the left, knees should be higher. Regarding the foliage tones : If you have similar foliage in your garden, can you take the painting outside and work on the foliage there. I find photos so hard, but will have to learn to work from them because I want to paint my grandbabies and pets now. But it could be easier to try and combine life and photos?

07-30-2007, 03:25 PM
Thank you Surfroney. I have scanned and stitched the pieces together and hope this shows more accurate color for everyone. I hope the knees are better positioned now and would really like feedback from everyone.

07-31-2007, 04:32 AM
Sue this is much improved. I love the bright bold colors. I keep coming back to look at this because I just love the emotion it expresses.

07-31-2007, 03:30 PM
Thanks Lilith for coming back for another look.

08-08-2007, 01:54 PM
Having posted this over in the figure section, I got some advice on the legs and thought you all might like to see what I did. It is sure a pain having to scan and stitch the sections together!! I hope my digital camera comes back soon!! Please let me know if these legs and feet work now or if I still need to make changes.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2007/10094-pano1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2007/10094-pano2.jpg

08-08-2007, 02:54 PM
:wave: Hi Sue!

I too struggle with fleshtones. To me, it's really difficult to do midtones with acrylic paint. I think you've done an excellent job on the legs and arms here...especially the legs (knee and ankle areas)! This is such a sweet painting. I really like it! :D


Li'l Brown
08-08-2007, 03:27 PM
Hey Sue! I think the taller girl's legs are the right proportion now. This is such a nice painting. Your hard work has paid off!

08-09-2007, 02:31 AM
Thank so much Elizabeth and Jesslyn, I really appreciate your coming back for another look and making a comment as I have really struggled with these legs.