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Jean Cowan
01-20-2008, 07:05 AM
Pastel unrubbed, allowed to mix optically is the brightest,most energetic medium I think.
Once I considered it inferior to oils or watercolous until I found I was holding pure pigment in my hand.
Hope you like this portrait ,

01-20-2008, 07:13 AM
Love it! Gorgeous style and portrait!

01-20-2008, 08:03 AM
Hi Jean

Lovely clean pastel - there is something not quite right about the hand - in fact the hand and glass take your eye away from the face. Rather than change much , what about cropping the bottom to eliminate the hand, the top portion of the glass remaining would just look like additional texture or could be modified a little to anonymize it.

Paula Ford
01-20-2008, 08:49 AM
I do like this portrait very much Jean! Wonderful job!


01-20-2008, 10:10 AM
Hi Jean, "conceited and coy" sure, but is it a boy or a girl? Androgynous? Is it a glass, or is it what I see -- teatre binoculars. Definitely an air of the 20's and/or 30s, with the ennuie of too much of the gay life. (Gay meaning simply 'happy'.)

Or, the little play actor, waiting for the moment he's gotta go on stage, a Cherubin launching shortly into 'Voi que sapete" (pardon my awful spelling).

In short, your painting is emotionally evocative. Portraying a basically vulnerable figure. Your free and even "scribbly" style suits the mood and motif very well.

Pastel is one of the purest mediums, and the glow of them is exceptional.

01-20-2008, 10:47 AM
This painting really takes you to another time..and the way it is painted i think really brings that forth..!

01-20-2008, 01:24 PM
I really like the exhuberance of your strokes! It makes me smile. I can almost imagine the flurry of activity at your easel.

nana b
01-20-2008, 01:25 PM
Great job!


David Patterson
01-20-2008, 01:30 PM
What a wonderful loose style...I love it!


01-20-2008, 01:40 PM
what a fun style :) nicely done!

Jean Cowan
01-21-2008, 02:19 AM
I thank you for your comments, I also thought it caught a pensive moment,
I agree the drawing was out a bit but I felt I needed the glass to explain the scene.
By the way this my daughter Wendy dressed for a fancy dress party as a flapper, but I like Charlie's description, what fun.