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BetsyPriesing 11-19-2009 11:23 PM

Bath time for Baby - FINISHED
Well here goes... I found these really beautiful black and white photos in the National Archives and decided to give them a go.

Have no idea on colors or what I'm doing....:D

This is the first layer done over a quick panpastel ruff-in of negative spaces.
strange highlight in front ear will be fixed when i paint in the ear more. yep babys got some strange eyes at the moment;) hmmm I must have tilted the camera as the horizon line is level :o

Its 16x12 on smooth side of canson.

any c&c's welcome:) thanks for looking

DAK723 11-20-2009 08:32 AM

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Looking good so far! Can't wait to see more!


Adiro 11-20-2009 08:35 AM

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OMG, this is gorgeous!!! It has such a Degas feel to it!!! I would think it's nearly finished, I love how spontaneous it feels! Your crosshatching is amazing!

Kathryn Wilson 11-20-2009 08:39 AM

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Thanks for sharing this with us - there certainly is a lot of interest in your technique. Can't wait to see where you take this next!

Paula Ford 11-20-2009 10:58 AM

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Fabulous Betsy!!

BetsyPriesing 11-20-2009 11:01 AM

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Hi Don thanks for replying hope that it still looks good as I progress. :o
I almost chickened out in posting a WIP...just in case it bombs....:D

Adiro thank you I have been picturing in my mind doing something like this for a few months but wanted to feel more secure in the cross-hatching before i tried it.

Kat thanks! I thought that posting it as I go might help someone else who wants to try but didn't know how to start. And hoping that someone might give me a few pointers as well. I going hit or miss and wish I could find more information about the process to watch for myself. It would be wonderful to find a utube with a painting from beginning to end "ahhh":heart:

AliciaS 11-20-2009 11:02 AM

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betsy, the proportions look good! the babies face is great !

BetsyPriesing 11-20-2009 01:04 PM

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Paula thank you ...you snuck in!

Alicia thanks I really fussed over that and hoping that i got it right. playing with them after having issues with the last painting i did.
love vine charcoal lately, easy to mush out.

edencompton 11-20-2009 01:22 PM

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Look forward to seeing how this progresses! Nice composition - reminds me of Mary Cassat.

Nicoclaus 11-20-2009 05:46 PM

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Looks good sofar;) looking forward to see it finished

gingersnap 11-20-2009 07:15 PM

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i am very glad you shared the beginning stages of this painting as i hope to learn from your process. i have admired your strokes in the past few postings of the animals. vibrant color!!! this is very interesting and i look forward to seeing this develop! the baby in the bucket looks amazing so far! ginger

BetsyPriesing 11-21-2009 05:09 PM

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Eden thank you for looking - thats what i was hoping to capture a likeness too.

Nicoclaus thanks another update today..

Ginger thank you :) it has been interesting figuring it out. thanks on the baby...although i fooled around with him and had to dust off the whole face and start again. this time alittle rounder/chubbier.

I concentrated alot on the baby today while bringing moms clothes closer to what i think they should look like. the baby's eyes give me sooo much trouble!!! His mouth is a bit strange on the left ill fiddle with it.
If you see anything i need to address just let me know

and a little closer up of the faces.

Bhavana Vijay 11-21-2009 09:09 PM

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WIPs are scary but I am so glad you are doing one...it is always so educational to watch a painting develop and I have always wanted to see how you put down your strokes. Looking great so far. Baby looks adorable to me.

Vivien Maloney 11-21-2009 11:09 PM

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It's looking good to me too! I love your cross-hatching (something that I'm no good at). I'm looking forward to seeing this painting progress and can't wait for the next instalment.

Mary Y 11-22-2009 04:12 AM

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This is great. Thank you for posting this WIP. I have attempted to copy your cross hatching style as I think you paint beautifully with it but my attempts were not good. This is so good to be able to follow how you progress.
Looking forward to watching this thread.

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