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mang
07-04-2009, 04:17 PM
Hi, 3/4 of the way through this one, I think! Liked the light effects, having fun....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2009/99038-dun1.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2009/99038-dun2.JPG

Colorix
07-04-2009, 05:14 PM
Margaret, you're amazing! How can you make a gaze so captivating even when the person is in profile and looking away?! Contrast alone can't achieve that!

Can I ask you something? Do you have a sensation of sculpting the likeness with colour and light on a 2D surface while you paint?

Your subject looks very much like my maternal grandfather, when he was elderly and starting to get frail.

Thank you for letting us see it as a wip!

Charlie

Ruthie57
07-04-2009, 05:34 PM
This is breathtaking! Just the way I would like to learn to use my pastels. Any tips?

Donna T
07-04-2009, 05:35 PM
Wow ... this is awesome! Thanks for the close-up - the eye is so lifelike!

Donna

helenh
07-04-2009, 06:03 PM
Gorgeous portrait. That eye - WOW!

mang
07-04-2009, 07:56 PM
THank you Helen and Donna..
Hello Charlie, I do actually think about sculpting as I paint, that's why I like to grab hold of the pastels and grind them in sometimes
Good to keep the arm moving too. Glad this reminded you of your grandfather

Ruthie; I would say just let go...It's easy to draw with pastels and get cautious, but they're great for playing with too.
It's lovely to have dust everywhere, and look like a coal miner by the end of a painting!

CarolaH
07-04-2009, 08:05 PM
what a beautiful piece.

Punky2
07-04-2009, 09:52 PM
Like Charlie said, captivating. I just want to stare at this portrait. It must be some story he's telling. I want to hear what he's saying.
Excellent work!

Terri

mudfish
07-04-2009, 11:03 PM
Its riveting. 'nuff said.

kennychaffin
07-04-2009, 11:26 PM
OMG! This is incredible! Watching and waiting with open mouth!

Lynne Vokatis
07-05-2009, 12:55 AM
wow...i just leaned forward to look at him....amazing!!!!lynne

ReineBlanche2
07-05-2009, 05:42 AM
Wonderful work. I was braking my neck to study himin detail too1 Anna

sekulastudio
07-05-2009, 09:25 AM
Wow!

snowfall
07-05-2009, 10:03 AM
wonderful work!

Pam

AliciaS
07-05-2009, 11:25 AM
love the eyes!

mooz49
07-05-2009, 11:41 AM
What a beautiful piece Margaret ....that eye is wonderful .... :thumbsup:

bnoonan
07-05-2009, 12:59 PM
This is grabbing! Really tender and wonderful! Barb

mang
07-06-2009, 03:24 AM
THat's great, thank you!
What do you think of the background? Should I work it up much more, or leave it loose?

Biedel
07-06-2009, 04:44 AM
This is a beautiful peice. Well done Biedel

Colorix
07-06-2009, 07:50 AM
What about keeping bg loose, and working it a tad more? On screen, the green glow comes forward just a tad too much (might look just right IRL, as what is on screen isn't actual reality), so it looks to be on level with the mouth.

Will definitely come back to see updates.

Charlie

mang
07-07-2009, 01:37 PM
I'll post again once the background's done, thank you

ARTMUTT
07-07-2009, 02:11 PM
Amazing!! Wow!

mang
07-08-2009, 01:44 PM
Thank you Beth Ann, I'll have to get down to finishing this!

FaeLynn
07-08-2009, 02:09 PM
I love it. A touching look. I would love to hear what he's talking about!
Beautiful pastel work.

PETE K
07-09-2009, 01:35 AM
It's just fantastic.

mang
07-10-2009, 04:32 AM
Thank you FaeLynn and Pete, the update's almost ready to post
I made progress with it yesterday; the main challenge as usual is trying not to overdo it!

joolee
07-10-2009, 05:15 AM
I thought I'd already responded to this one (perhaps in Portraits). Anyway, just want to add my praise. I am really taken by how you have used colour in the skin here (I have much to learn from this) and the lovely clear eye. Really excellent!
Jools

mang
07-10-2009, 03:29 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2009/99038-DSC_0001_1.JPG



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2009/99038-imgbysize.jpg

Wouldn't mind C+C on this one, I quite liked the original, unfinished look....Trying hard not to overwork it!

Susan Jenkins
07-10-2009, 03:48 PM
I also like a more unfinished and painterly look, but I really don't think you've overworked here. It has a loosness to it still.

I really like where you have taken this. It looks great to me at this stage.
:) susan

Colorix
07-10-2009, 03:50 PM
I think it is fantastic! He's in a context, and you can almost see how he "spins his yarn" in the flow of colour around him.

The vignetted version was maybe purer and simpler, which definitely has great advantages.

I can only give you my personal reaction: The first got an "oh!", and the finished got "OH!!!", *with* goosebumps.

Charlie

InkyEss
07-10-2009, 03:56 PM
Wonderful! :clap: I see pictures taking shape in the background like he conjures up images with his stories.... in the same way your painting encourages the viewer's imagination to participate. I love the looseness and the unfinished look, it's just perfect. :thumbsup:

mang
07-10-2009, 05:27 PM
THank you Jools ...

kennychaffin
07-10-2009, 05:34 PM
Well, I guess I have to say it. I don't care for all that bright green background - otherwise I love, love, love it! The green was not nearly as evident in the wip. Sorry Mang. Others may love it, but I have to tell ya true. :(

I am a bit confused by the smaller image that does not have the green? Is that from the WIP?

Lisa Fiore
07-10-2009, 05:41 PM
I love this painting.

Weakskills
07-10-2009, 05:48 PM
I think the intensity of his gaze makes this, makes you want to stop and wait for his next word. :thumbsup:

mang
07-10-2009, 06:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2009/99038-storyteller.jpg

mang
07-10-2009, 06:02 PM
Thank you for your replies!
Kenny; I think he's showing up a bit more lime green than reality, but I appreciate your comment and I'll certainly have another look; he's not framed, so adjustments are fine. The other image is the WIP

Here's a better photo ;



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2009/99038-storyteller.jpg

kennychaffin
07-10-2009, 06:06 PM
Yeah, definitely more appealing in that second image! May have been some glare or something :confused: I do love it!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just wish I was capable of doing something anywhere near this!

Kathryn Wilson
07-10-2009, 06:37 PM
I've combined the two threads - for continuity sake. If we leave them in two places, future looks at one thread or the other will have to go find the other.

kennychaffin
07-10-2009, 07:43 PM
Thank you Kathryn, I was going to mention that for future reference it would make more sense to have the final in the same thread so readers can follow the progress and learn from it.

seosamhin
07-10-2009, 08:43 PM
Absolutely wonderful portrait.
Julia

mudfish
07-10-2009, 08:50 PM
Just amazing.

mang
07-11-2009, 04:47 AM
I'm very grateful for your comments, thank you..I'm thinking of framing/exhibition soon.
Thanks Kathryn for sorting out the thread, I don't think I've posted a WIP before, it probably shows!!

cornwall
07-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Ecellent,brilliant use of pastel.

mang
07-12-2009, 12:15 PM
Thank you Mark!

GaryNorthants
07-12-2009, 11:53 PM
Excellent
Gary

SMiller2
07-13-2009, 12:35 AM
Awesome work... love it!

mang
07-13-2009, 02:17 PM
Thank you both!
Margaret

mang
07-30-2009, 09:53 AM
Just a PS on this one, he won an exhibition prize last weekend
Thank you for all the encouraging comments, I felt confident enough to enter him, still surprised to have won though!

KensBrush
07-30-2009, 10:02 AM
Congrats - you shouldnt be surprised about winning - it is a stunning piece that visually presents the story and deserves the recognition. Wonderful work.

kennychaffin
07-30-2009, 10:47 AM
Just a PS on this one, he won an exhibition prize last weekend
Thank you for all the encouraging comments, I felt confident enough to enter him, still surprised to have won though!

:clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful News! I know this one was special! :clap: :clap: :clap:

hewill4giveu
07-30-2009, 01:05 PM
This is fantastic it looks like its been painted.

bnoonan
07-30-2009, 01:24 PM
Congratulations! It gives me faith that the jurors knew what was special.

Hurrah for you! Barb

crazywoman53
07-30-2009, 01:57 PM
This one deserved an award! Congratulations!!!! Wonderful work.

DAK723
07-30-2009, 04:38 PM
Wow! I missed this while I was on vacation! A stunning portrait! A very deserving prize winner! Congratulations! :clap:

Don

wal_t
07-30-2009, 05:14 PM
mang, this is great work ! regards, walter

mang
07-30-2009, 05:39 PM
Thanks Guys!!:)

claydesigner2156
07-30-2009, 09:22 PM
You have a gift!!! To evoke such feeling from a painting is truly amazing. You sense the frailty of the man...yet wanting to hear all he has to tell from his life ...and experience. Like listening to your grandpa and how it was when he was young... Quite an emotional painting. Want to see more..

Yvonne

mang
07-31-2009, 08:06 AM
Thank you Yvonne, you just made my day!