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Old 09-14-2011, 04:40 PM
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Playing with the Angels - WIP - FINISHED!

I just started working on this commission today. This is of a beloved wife that passed away suddenly a few years ago. Her husband has asked me to do this portrait for him, and I feel honored to do so. The photo I'm working from is a black and white that he took of her probably 30 years ago. It is a beautiful photo, but as you can see the composition is complicated.

I don't know if you can make it out, but there is a harp sketched in that will have to be included. He did tell me what colors her clothes were, as well as the harp, and I do have some color photos to use for skin tones and hair color.

Size is 11"x14", and the paper is Wallis Belgium Mist. I'm currently using pastel pencils which include Derwent, Carb Othello, Conte and Koh-i-noor Gioconda.

I already see some things that need tweaking, more to get the likeness than anything else. The nose needs a small adjustment to its shape and the shading isn't quite right, and the cheek line needs to be softened and moved a bit.

Thanks so much for looking. This looks to be another journey, I have an intense need to be absolutely perfect (no pressure ), this painting is very important to my client.

C&C always appreciated.

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Old 09-14-2011, 04:43 PM
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

Not qualified to C&C but so far this looks like the beginning of a masterpiece and I can't wait to see the finale.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:53 PM
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

The face is beautiful already. Can't wait to see the finished piece. james
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

Wow Chris you courage is equalled only by your talent, this is quite an under taking can't wait for more.
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

How exciting! this is going to be amazing!

I love watching paintings come to life like this and this is already looking like it is going to be one very special painting.
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

Stunning so far, can't wait to see the rest!
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This looks like something one of the old masters is doing. Wow
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

You are off to a great start, Chris. I will be watching for updates.

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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

This is going to be wonderful, I can't wait to see how it progresses!
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:55 PM
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

this gentlemen is going to cherish this painting and it will be a keepsake.....

beautiful job so far.......this has to be a very special work and you are painting it with love....wonderful job.....
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Gosh this is lovely. What a responsibility but you are handling it with finesse. So looking forward to updates. Kat
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This is haunting and quite beautiful already.
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I feel your heart wanting this to please, and that tenderness is jumping off the page, I love your beginning!
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

Thanks so much Lyn. I don't know about a masterpiece, I just hope it is everything he hopes for.

Thank you James. She was quite beautiful, both at a young age and later in life.

You're too funny David. I'm not sure about that, maybe my courage is equalled more by my insanity! Actually, I fell in love with the photo but I knew it was going to be a challenge, I hope I'm up for it .

Thank so much Sarah. It is fun to watch things unfold, I do have a vision in my head, hopefully it will work out on paper.

Thank you tulabula, I appreciate it.

Thanks so much Sherry, what a nice thing to say!

Thank you Doug, I appreciate it.

Thanks Cat, you and me both!

Thanks so much 'blue. I truly hope so, my goal is to record a moment in time for him in a way the camera cannot. Hopefully I will.

Thanks very much Kat. You nailed it, a big responsibility for sure. I felt it the moment I met him and saw the photo, but I had to do this, I felt compelled.

Thanks Donna, yes haunting in many ways....

Thank you Kayla, it means so much that you see that in my work, exactly what I want to portray, along that moment in time that is captured in the photo.
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Re: Playing with the Angels - WIP

Great start and I agree he will cherish this!! Your heart is in it and it shows.
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