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Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 01:10 PM
Beach Girl--done for fun! On recycled Wallis paper, 9x12", in about an hour. I had a lot of fun staying loose and trying to keep this one fresh and expressive. Of course, it isn't a 'serious' portrait, I know. I still might make the glasses slightly larger on the viewer's left side. Not sure if I should add her dangly earrings, either. They might be too much! The color here is a bit flat. Believe it or not, it's actually brighter IRL.

Your comments appreciated.


Donna T
10-17-2007, 01:15 PM
She's great, Deborah! I love how you did her hair and the whole piece just looks so fresh. Yeah, those glasses need a little tweaking but other than that I wouldn't do too much. I much prefer this kind of portrait to a formal, staged thing. This has life!


10-17-2007, 01:17 PM
This has "real life"...excellent job!

Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 01:20 PM
Thanks... I needed to hear that! :D


10-17-2007, 01:32 PM
great i love it

nana b
10-17-2007, 02:12 PM
Deborah, I will send you my mailing address....I love it!!! And I want it just as it is now! OK? :D


Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 02:18 PM

I adjusted one or two tiny things but I'm leaving the glasses as-is. If I mess with them I'll lose something, I just know it. For now, the freshness and fun is satisfying.


10-17-2007, 03:11 PM
I'd put sun glasses on all your portraits - really spectacular job! Very loose and modern looking - like it belongs in 'Teen' magazine!

10-17-2007, 03:14 PM
Deborah, you are so bold and your boldness makes this portrait so effective. I love it!
Please do not ever think of your portrait as not serious. Is perfect for the beach mood.


Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 03:35 PM
[Deborah places orange sunglasses on bluefish...There, all set for 'Mature Living' magazine!] :wink2:

Thanks, I guess 'serious' is relative to the setting.


Donna T
10-17-2007, 03:41 PM
Deborah, were you playing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper when you painted this? Seems kind of appropriate! :wink2:


Tracy Lewis
10-17-2007, 04:11 PM
Great fun painting, love the hair, and the colour.

10-17-2007, 04:15 PM
nice job- love the cool shades!!!

10-17-2007, 04:36 PM
Deborah, wow! This is sparkling! Having fun gives tremendous results, clearly. She's so bursting with life, and you got the essence of her in that situation. Who cares about fractions of millimeters when she's so vivid she could step out of the screen. She's Girl Power, in abundance.

Wonderful work,


Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 04:42 PM
Trust me, the photo suggested all kinds of beach music, but I'm afraid my era runs more to...ahem...The Beach Boys. In the photo she has on dangly earrings that have sparkles and pink feathers, with pink bows in her hair and some kind of flouncy shoulder strap, too. It could be loaded with details, but I wanted the sun and shadows mostly--and that crazy fun hair.

Thank you--I'm delighted you all like it. I tweaked a little and put it away! No futzing. Just going on to the next one: her mother, who is standing next to her in the sun with a BIG hat on. I really meant to paint her first, but suddenly the girl appeared!


10-17-2007, 04:42 PM
Deborah, I love this! As has already been said, this one has such life to it! Wonderful colors; her hair is fabulous; and I am waiting for her to burst out in a laugh!

10-17-2007, 05:02 PM
A bright and cheery painting. I love it.

10-17-2007, 05:09 PM
I have to add my name to the list of fans! What a fun portrait. Fresh, lively, exciting. I really love her hair. I wouldn't change a thing, although the earrings do sound fun. Maybe next time.

10-17-2007, 06:10 PM
I love it! it has a real Freshness to it.

10-17-2007, 06:44 PM
well that is definitely a FUN painting!! Love it!!

10-17-2007, 06:46 PM
love this painting, but in response, forget about doing 'blue....' for 'Mature Living' - how about 'Playgirl'? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Kathryn Wilson
10-17-2007, 10:12 PM
Deborah, you let loose - now this is the Deborah is know!

Beach Boys - California Girls!

10-17-2007, 10:26 PM
This painting drums up all sorts of fond memories as a young adult...makes me remember when I lived in California as a teen, going to Santa Cruz beach to get a beer and a burn! (sunburn) hee hee... what fun!

Deborah Secor
10-17-2007, 11:33 PM
Thanks you guys... :D

Blue, I'm gonna have to shake my finger at you again! :lol:

Thanks, Kat--it's definitely more me than those others, huh?

Good grief, Brenda! I grew up in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz was THE place. I remember getting soooooooo sunburned there one time.... 'Course, I was probably there two decades before you (or more but let's not talk about it, okay?)


10-17-2007, 11:57 PM
Deborah, this is a HOOT! way to go!!!

10-18-2007, 02:39 AM
Full of live, thats the word.

Mary Brigid
10-18-2007, 08:26 AM
Wow Deborah... I think you have found your own style of portrait painting with this one. Excellent. She is a real Barbie Girl :)
Mary Brigid

10-18-2007, 08:31 AM
Wow, I love this painting! I'm so impressed when an artist can give such vibrant life to their "people work" I have such a hard time doing people...this piece just shouts out so many things....youth, warmth, fun, life, sun, romance, color,.... I love it! Awesome job!

10-18-2007, 08:34 AM

That hair is WILD!
LOVE it!
The lips and teeth are perfect, very summery, very youthful, simply painted.


10-18-2007, 06:25 PM
what an expressive painting and full of energy...you painted it like you felt it! and by the way thanks tons for saving my demo.....apologies....

Deborah Secor
10-18-2007, 07:26 PM
With minor tweaks, signed and sealed in its bag!

Thanks everyone. I like this one... what a character. I'll keep trying to make them this loose, but I wonder if it wasn't the ref as much as anything. Still, it worked, so I'm happy.


David Patterson
10-18-2007, 07:45 PM
I really like the loose look to this Deborah...it's a wonderful look!

10-18-2007, 08:34 PM
you really had fun with this one!
looks positively sunny - for someone saying they are not comfortable doing people -this is just great!

Deborah Secor
10-18-2007, 08:42 PM
Thanks--comfortable, I'm not. Not yet. But I want to...so sooner or later I might get there.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Karen Margulis
10-18-2007, 08:52 PM
I think it's wonderful!! Looking forward to your next one too!


10-18-2007, 10:03 PM
Yeah, Santa Cruz...around 1980-ish. This girl reminds me of those days! :)

10-19-2007, 01:36 AM
Deborah you are being way toooo hard on yourself. Although 9X12 may be a bit small, this little gem has "competition ready" all over it. I love the composition, color, freedom of expression - you knew exactly how much of the personality to put into the portrait, and what to leave out that was in the photo that would have been indeed "too much" for the painting. I like the red glasses, and that you've managed to get the feeling of depth through the lenses to her eyes - even though her "eyes" are pretty much just indicated.

I can't wait to see her Mom in the next portrait!

10-19-2007, 02:50 AM
Lovely work you've done on this painting! :D