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gaykir
05-05-2009, 11:24 PM
I've had this reference for a couple years and have wanted to paint it but was never able to get focused on it. I still have some work to do but please, let me know if I need to make any changes. This one is for me!

24" X 36"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/56079-Ballarina_in_a_Red_Chair4.jpg

Artchrispy
05-05-2009, 11:34 PM
Excellent Gayle! Love the reflections and the gesture. Nice brush work. I does look like she has her dress stretched around the chair. Shouldnt the arms in the seat back be on our side of the skirt? Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly. Great job!

tbezesky
05-06-2009, 12:37 AM
I like this. Interesting pose and well painted.

gaykir
05-06-2009, 12:38 AM
There are no arms on this chair - it's one of those metal folding chairs that are usually beige or tan. Her tutu has spilled through the back of the chair. I'll try to clear that up. Thanks.

susme48
05-06-2009, 12:40 AM
Really nice Gayle!!!

Chia
05-06-2009, 01:22 AM
You amaze me Gayle! You are so prolific and you can turn out remarkable paintings with different subject matter in completely different styles! I'm loving the drama of this one. I got what was happening with the tutu, but a little tweaking will help to clarify. I'm wondering about the light values though. There seems to be a lot of light on the left side of her face but it is not consistent with that on her shoulders. Of course there could be multiple light sources to confuse the matter. Good for you for doing one just for yourself!

Margaret 59
05-06-2009, 01:28 AM
Beautiful work!

ecobb
05-06-2009, 01:47 AM
Very Nice.

nithya_swamy
05-06-2009, 02:18 AM
Beautiful work, great shadows.

vensunn
05-06-2009, 09:47 AM
Gayle, what a beautiful painting- I am really enjoying it!! The posture, the expression, the color (especially the utilitarian red chair against the blues), and the well done variety of textures and surfaces. What a painting!
Steven

arl
05-06-2009, 10:03 AM
Beautiful work.

LavenderFrost
05-06-2009, 12:15 PM
Good work!

gaykir
05-06-2009, 01:25 PM
Thanks so very much Susan, Margaret, Eric Nithya, Steven, Arlene & Michelle!! I do so appreciate your comments!

Coralie - You are so sweet! I guess I paint in different styles because I haven't found my niche yet?! I shaded her left forehead and added some highlights and tiny details. I think I'm calling it done!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/56079-Ballarina_in_a_Red_Chair5.jpg

lilbelle
05-06-2009, 01:59 PM
I love everything about this Gayle! Fabulous work!

nurciuoli
05-06-2009, 02:02 PM
Gayle, it is done & it is gorgeous! Really nice work!

howyadoin
05-06-2009, 03:23 PM
Excellent. I really like the attitude in the face.

loobyteacher
05-06-2009, 03:53 PM
beautiful!

noodle1
05-06-2009, 05:33 PM
It is gorgeous! You did a magnificent job with this, but everything you do is so excellent. I'm glad you're keeping it..Stunning!

Elaine

idylbrush
05-06-2009, 06:03 PM
Great finish to this piece. Glad you added that last minute details.

Flopka
05-06-2009, 06:42 PM
I especially like the blue / bluish background and floor, which just sets off the red chair that much more. Black would have worked too. Great!

PainterDeb
05-06-2009, 07:19 PM
Beautiful job on this one, really stunning!

bchlvr
05-06-2009, 08:21 PM
Beautifully done!

gaykir
05-06-2009, 09:44 PM
Lillian, Nancie, Brett, Colleen, Elaine, Howard, Flopka, Deb & Linn, thanks so much for looking & commenting! It is so encouraging!

George Servais
05-07-2009, 09:50 PM
Oh soooooooo nice! Very nice to look upon.

MCARTERMLB
05-07-2009, 10:04 PM
Excellent!

chammi kaiser
05-08-2009, 03:43 AM
Beautiful Gayle. The skin tones are so good and the red of the chair just sings against the blue. You have really done a super job on the tutu.

gaykir
05-08-2009, 11:20 AM
Thanks so very much George, Mcartermlb & Chammi!

ZanBarrage
05-08-2009, 09:47 PM
Stunning. I love it.

gaykir
05-09-2009, 09:44 PM
Thanks very much Zan!

BryAli
05-09-2009, 11:59 PM
Absolutely beautiful work!!

OkeeKat
05-10-2009, 01:18 AM
Gayle, this is absolutely beautiful!!

Linee
05-10-2009, 10:06 AM
I love the color and light in this. Unique pose. Well done!

gaykir
05-10-2009, 02:18 PM
Thanks ever so much Alisha, Kathie & Linda! I really appreciate it.

rmc
05-11-2009, 01:40 AM
wonderful work and lovely colours ...you are doing so beautifully Gayle..
a teeny suggestion is maybe soften the tip of her nose a minute fraction...however she may in fact have it pointy and I am wrong.
I love your exquisite work!!!!!!!!

gaykir
05-11-2009, 10:46 AM
Thanks so much Ruth! That's high praise coming from you! I did soften her nose and also tweaked her eye so she didn't look like she was falling asleep in the chair! I'm so happy that I waited a couple years before tackling this one because I'm in a much better place painting-wise now.

cooey2ph
05-11-2009, 11:21 AM
very nice!

taibossigai
05-11-2009, 01:09 PM
Looks fabulous! I like the muscle details in her arms.

susme48
05-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Gayle....absolutely a wonderful finish!!!!