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billmahler
09-06-2007, 09:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2007/111636-njopus2b.jpg
I posted this a while ago on the Structured Critique forum and got some ideas which I incorporated. He's acrylic, so I'm posting him here too. People say he looks angry. I don't see it that way.
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jan409
09-06-2007, 09:29 PM
I think he looks as if he is in deep thought. I like it, and I think you did a great job. Jan

gaykir
09-06-2007, 09:44 PM
I don't think he looks angry -pensive perhaps. Great coloration and his facial structure is wonderful. I like this very much.

Lulu
09-06-2007, 11:10 PM
lots of emotion in his expression, but not anger.
You've done a wonderful job!

idcrisis55
09-07-2007, 05:59 AM
I like your work in this painting. Very expressive. It is a "life is serious" expression to me, like he is trying to come to a decision, rather than anger. :)

rmc
09-07-2007, 07:03 AM
Awesome work - I guess he looks intense rather then angry - maybe the central frown line is causing that impression

billmahler
09-07-2007, 09:00 AM
Ruth, Ann, Lulu, Gayle, Jan
Thank you for your appreciation of my painting

connievanwinssen
09-07-2007, 10:30 AM
He doesn't look angry! Great portrait:)

Paulafv
09-07-2007, 07:52 PM
Excellent portrait. Some people have eyebrows and furrows between their eyes that at first glance do look angry, but then their smile illuminates the world.
A serious pose would imply anger, but not mean it. Like it better than a happy face. Well painted.

Surfroney
09-08-2007, 05:21 AM
I think he looks in deep thought also! A powerful, fabulous portrait!

Lulu
09-08-2007, 06:00 AM
just back for another look.............tremendous painting.

Michael is my favourite name - is my son's name:)

billmahler
09-08-2007, 07:53 AM
Connie, Paula, Surfroney, Lulu
Thanks for your reactions.
Sometimes you paint something that you just have to paint and there are others times you paint something because you hope that it will be pleasing to a lot of other people.
Both are valid and important, but the first kind are more satisfying and this was definitely one of them. It's a pleasure to see other painters reacting the way I did.