View Full Version : Michaels Portrait

05-10-2009, 03:59 PM
Hello all,

This is a portrait commissioned for me to do from a lady who I met at one of my events, I had my Booth of paintings. This is of her Deceased Son, Michael. I do hope she likes it.
8x10" Staplebacked Canvas, painted on the sides so framing is optional.

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05-10-2009, 04:13 PM
In the photo he looks like a very happy person. You captured that in the eyes and smile. Very nice!
Enjoyed seeing the work as it progressed. Thanks for posting it.

05-10-2009, 04:13 PM
Great finish.

Kathrin G.
05-10-2009, 04:30 PM
fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:

05-10-2009, 04:37 PM
THANK YOU Skyeagle, Howard and Kathrin!!
I appreciate your comments.

05-10-2009, 05:08 PM
hi, this portrait is beautiful, i've been experimenting with acrylics for a while, i notice how smooth your shading is, i have trouble doing that, do you use retarding mediums?

05-10-2009, 05:10 PM
It looks very natural. The skin, eyes, hair...fabulous!!

05-10-2009, 05:35 PM
THank you Moretoit!!(Great name) No I dont use a medium other then water. I just keep working the colors till I get the tone I need, mixing lighter and lighter and work my way up from darks to light.
Hi Linda, thank you very much!!!

05-10-2009, 05:44 PM
This is GREAT Kathie! Well done! The mom will be thrilled to have such a treasure.

05-10-2009, 07:47 PM
Kathie, that is a wonderful, wonderful finish to a really tough job!!!!

05-10-2009, 07:47 PM
Thank you very much Ruthie, I think your right. :)

05-10-2009, 08:30 PM
Excellent job!! Thanks for sharing all of your WIPs, it is neat to watch him "come alive".

05-10-2009, 08:49 PM
Kathie I think this is your best portrait yet. Very nice.:thumbsup:

05-10-2009, 09:28 PM
Thank you Deb and Patti for your generous coments.
Patti, you might be right... I'm learning more and more as I do one.
Thanks for your support.

05-10-2009, 09:53 PM
Kathie, your tutorial is spot on. I usually get hammered when I post pics in portraiture. Professional portrait artists believe that acrylics are far inferior to oils. I am delighted that you are handling acrylics so well. It gives me encouragement to continue my trek!

05-10-2009, 11:29 PM
THank you Plastechie!!
I am very disappointed in the portriature thread, I get more replies and comments here as always then there. its almost as if they don't seem to care, might be right about the acrylics, but still a portraits a portrait.
I know I'm still learning, I am sure you can do just as well. I struggled on my first few and still take my time.. this one took me approx 35 hrs to complete, started about 10 days ago.

05-11-2009, 12:49 AM
Portrait! Wow......fine job, lots of work on this one, came along just great! Good layering technique.

05-11-2009, 01:42 AM
wonderful work Kathie - great likeness and a really challenging ref.
this will mean the world to his mom as you have captured life in his eyes.
what a tragedy to have lost someone so young...he looks like he was wearing his wedding outfit.

05-11-2009, 01:55 AM
this is nothing short of brilliant, thankyou so much for the WIP, very helpful to see how a successful portrait artist works.
I'm full of admiration.

05-11-2009, 03:01 AM
Kathie you have done a remarkable job on this young man. I don't care what medium you used, you have a winner in this one. Just keep doing what you do and keep having fun..........Lenore

chammi kaiser
05-11-2009, 03:26 AM
Kathie. Well done. A great portrait. I am sure his Mum was delighted with it. How sad for her to lose her young son.

Painter Nan
05-11-2009, 07:22 AM
very nice - neighbor - and it was nice to see the steps.

05-11-2009, 09:11 AM
Beautiful work.

05-11-2009, 10:52 AM
Wow some great replies... you all are going to make me blush! but its good for the painting ego!:D
TJ, Thank you very much!
Ruthie, Thank you, yes it is a tragedy and I know she will be pleased to tears. He was in a friends wedding party in this photo.
Jane, Thank you very much, I never thought of myself as a successful portrait artist, surely does sound just fine:D
Lenore, Thank you so very much, I'm still learning with each portrait I do and will keep at it.
Chammi, Thank you very much, it is sad to lose a loved one. I hope this brings her alot of good memories.
Nancy, thank you neighbor:wave: I'm glad you enjoyed the WIP steps.
Arlene, Thank you so much! I realy appreciate it!

All the comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks my friends!:heart:

05-11-2009, 10:58 AM
You've done a wonderful job with this and I am sure it will be treasured! The portraiture forum is a little "stiff". For some reason this forum is so supportive and allows us all to develop and grow as we go. This is one of your best portraits. I know it's so much easier when you have a single focus rather than trying to get multiple folks to all come out ok in one painting! I usually get two right and one just doesn't make it! Good work here.

05-11-2009, 11:13 AM
THANK YOU Gayle!! I Realy appreciate the comments.:D

05-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Well done!

05-11-2009, 05:16 PM
Thank you Michelle!

05-11-2009, 06:01 PM
That is fabulous! I love the skintones and shading!

George Servais
05-11-2009, 09:27 PM
Wonderful Kathie:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

05-12-2009, 12:57 AM
Ohhh Thank you so much Dan and George... wow thats alota clapping!!:D :o

05-12-2009, 03:18 AM
Kath, you have done a wonderful job on the portrait. I'm sure your patron will be so pleased to have a picture of her son of this quality.

Where are you taking us to next?

05-13-2009, 07:26 PM
Thank you so very much Dances.. shipped it out to her today and Hopefuly she will get it late tomorrow, anxious to hear how she likes it!!:D
I have started a little bunny rabbit painting!!

05-13-2009, 08:33 PM
Beautiful work,and a wonderful way to remember a loved one.

05-13-2009, 08:41 PM
Looks good Kathie. It's an honor to get a commission to paint a deceased loved one.

05-14-2009, 09:37 AM
Kathie sorry it took me so long to get here. I think you did a fabulous job!
Oh I'm sure she will love it, well done kiddo!


05-14-2009, 09:56 AM
Great job Kathie! His mom will love it for sure. I love the eyes and the hair. Terrific likeness too.

05-14-2009, 09:47 PM
Great job!!!!!!! You really got this portrait stuff down pat now dont you!!!!!

05-14-2009, 10:02 PM
THANK YOU for all the kind words, Dave, Chris, Elaine, Nithy and Mike!!
Today Michael's Mom Recieved the Painting and was Estatic!! her and her husband both said it was REALLY HIM!! especialy his eyes, showed how happy he was.. Unfortunately he was very sick and died at the young age of 42 and will be remembered now with this happy face... she is SOO VERY HAPPY with the portrait and would not have me fix anything!!
Ohh that was soo good to hear!!
She even said she will refer me to everyone and maybe have me do another painting for her later this year!!+:D
SOOO Needless to say I'm very proud!!:clap: