View Full Version : Study of Lost and Found edges

02-27-2008, 06:44 PM
I did this study today..I wanted to really emphasize realism mixed with impressionism, and creating those lost edges..I think this is the hardest thing to explain to my students, so i did this demo to really push it , to show where i create soft and hard edges..http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2008/118892-IMG_1092.JPG

02-27-2008, 07:13 PM
Wow, it is so lifelike! Can I ask what you painted it on?

02-27-2008, 07:14 PM
Well, I learned a lot. Wish I could have seen the demo. :) I like this a whole lot.

02-27-2008, 07:14 PM
Beautiful. If I am ever in California I know who I am going to visit for a workshop. :D

02-27-2008, 07:19 PM
Wow, this looks way more like a finished piece than a demo/study to me! The lost and soft edges really help to focus our eyes on the harder ones, and to draw our attention to where you want it.


David Patterson
02-27-2008, 08:05 PM
Absolutely beautiful Alicia!

02-27-2008, 08:14 PM
Hi Paulb.-----it it painted on suede matboard with nu-pastels only.:)
JKOOk---i have a couple demos on the forum here..that can be looked up, im not sure how you can find them but they are burried in here somewhere:o
mrking--stop on by!! it was almost 80 degrees here today!:D
Jamie wg---i got a little carried away on the face..this took about 2 to 3 hours...:o :o
Thanks everyone!!!

nana b
02-27-2008, 08:28 PM
As usual, it's a winner!


K Taylor-Green
02-27-2008, 08:30 PM
Stunning, as usual, Alicia. I hope you never get tired of doing demos for us!

02-27-2008, 08:32 PM
This is amazing. .... I'm in awe with what you can do with a painting. I watch most everyday for new post from you, always anxious to see another.

02-27-2008, 09:16 PM
Fabulous as always!


02-27-2008, 09:51 PM
Wonderful painting, love the colors as well.

Gail V
02-27-2008, 11:37 PM
Incredible - beautiful composition. I am forever in awe of your paintings and on this one I am focussed on the smooth and wonderful skin tones - they are perfect!

WC Lee
02-28-2008, 01:03 AM
nicely done :)

02-28-2008, 01:37 AM
Just beautiful, Alicia. This just jumps out of the suede mat board. Fantastic!:clap: I study your work because I am so tight and would like to become more painterly........

02-28-2008, 03:22 AM
Your work is truely so wonderful... Your lost and found edges are gorgeous!!! I really admire all you do and am so inspiried!!!


Donna T
02-28-2008, 08:07 AM
Alicia, this is such a good lesson for all of us, portrait people and landscape people. It's hard for me to put into words the effect of those lost edges - they draw you into the picture, add a sense of mystery and give the viewer something to do other than quickly take in a finished painting. I love it when I have to work a little at seeing a painting and figure out for myself where the edges meet etc. I wish I understood more about this effect so I could put it to good use in my landscapes. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful painting with us!


02-28-2008, 08:25 AM
Love it Alicia. Hate the fact it is 80 degrees now that I left! Love the shadow over the eyes. Put it in the show. It is so much more than a study.

02-28-2008, 08:26 AM
Great feeling, wonderful glow!

02-28-2008, 08:32 AM
I want to show how i repeat the flesh colors into the background.also notice
how there is not much info on the right side of her mouth,,it is lost into
the shadow.Only a few areas of her hair are defined. If you squint your eyes at a subject (really really really squint) the areas where the values are hard
to deferentiate (SP?)i.e. between her hair and ears,, you loose those edges.
also i.e. her mouth in the shadow area. Thanks everyone for such nice comments:heart: :heart: :heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2008/118892-IMG_1088.JPG

Todd Flaming
02-28-2008, 01:10 PM
Absolutely Incredible!!!:clap:

02-28-2008, 10:28 PM
Alicia, I know this was a study on the edges, but I just think that the lips are amazing. They are so beautiful as is the whole painting.

02-29-2008, 01:35 AM
St. Patrick's Day is a ways off, but I'm prematurely green...with envy. I find this absolutely stunning. If there is a particular portrait style I would like to emulate, or at least strive toward, it's yours. I'm off on a quest to find those demos you talked about. Thanks for posting this (and the others)!


02-29-2008, 02:41 AM
Glorious! And it certainly show what you wanted to show about edges! Gorgeous piece.

02-29-2008, 09:23 AM
here is hard edege of the strand of hair in front of the soft edges..close up on eye...just small shapes..http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Feb-2008/118892-IMG_1092.JPG

02-29-2008, 11:11 AM
Your work is so amazing and beautiful. There is nothing else to compare it to.

02-29-2008, 10:21 PM
Boy Am I ever book marking this! Thanks so much for the "lesson". This is just beautiful as always & so sweet of you to share. Your values are so subtle yet so affective.. drooool!!

03-01-2008, 04:44 PM
Are the lips just your non-color Nupastels colors? I find mine looking too lipsticky while yours are so natural?

03-01-2008, 04:48 PM
Hi Anne..yes they are mostly "non-colors" neutral flesh tones.top lip is cooler and darker...but the bottom lip as it comes out of the shadow and toward the light is a warmer red,,and some pinks..I also used a little of the 353-color to bring out the seperation in the lips and in the corners..hope that helps..

03-01-2008, 05:02 PM
Very helpful. Thanks. I will cool down my top lips and see if that helps. I apparently learned a lot as things are going much better post-workshop!

03-01-2008, 07:25 PM
Wonderful work Alicia...I just saw this and I love the study. I haven't yet had a chance to look AND finish the painting we were working on at your workshop...I am hoping this weekend. This just reinforces my desire to sit still for a bit and look it over and play with it. I'm with Anne, her skin is so perfect!

03-01-2008, 07:49 PM
gosh ... awesome ... would so love to see this worked up from start to finish ... the result is so .... awesome ... :)

03-01-2008, 08:20 PM
This was so good I just had to add it to my favorites ... thanks so much for posting

03-01-2008, 08:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2008/118892-IMG_1092.JPG Thanks everyone for your looking...i hope this helps..
VIOLET--i have a couple of demos..in the thread pile here on the WC that you can look up..i think you just go to my profile and then click on all threads by me....
HI TRACER!! good to hear from you, you busy gal!!! i'm looking forward to seeing your painting here!! this is a picture of the forehead and the hair becoming part of the background....

03-02-2008, 02:20 PM
Another keeper. Nicely done!

03-03-2008, 11:03 AM
Alicia i just looked in to WC im late but this really helps with understanding the concept more. It is beautiful.

03-03-2008, 11:47 AM
Another beauty Alicia, fascinating to see how you build them up. Thanks a lot.