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Old 10-31-2008, 11:52 AM
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"6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

I asked the owner of this portrait if I could take this to be displayed at the art and craft show on November 8. I showed him some of my recent portraits in which I used a darker background, and asked him if he would like me to darken the bg on this. He said yes, and he would be glad to pay me, which I declined his offer to pay me.

Some of you might remember this thread back in January of this year. This portrait was a tremendous learning experience for me, and was a catalyst in encouraging me to try other multiple subject projects. I am currently working on a portrait of "5 Sisters" and I just got a new commission to do another 16x20 portrait of a grandma and 6 grandchildren.

So, here is the ref pic, the original portrait, and the beginning of darkening the bg. The original portrait had a textured bg, and I removed some of the texture by going over it with a soft toothbrush (I haven't purchased a brush yet for that purpose), then applied a layer of slate gray over the already blue of the bg. Then I went over that lightly with the brush. I will be applying at least one more layer of slate gray, then I will decide if I should stop there.

Any comments about this endeaver will be appreciated.






I'm not planning to touch the children...I am just darkening the bg. I know the values could have been better...I've learned a lot since I did this.

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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Char,
Beautiful work here!! I kinda laughed at myself a bit because I was scrolling over the photo and then down to the drawing and I said to myself "Hey! Wasn't that baby sleeping"!

Very nice work!
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Thanks, Chris! I used a different photo for the baby, who was older than when the original photo was taken...and not sleeping!

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Char, this is a lovely portrait. I very much like what you are doing with the background and feel the painting will bring lots of attention to your work in the art & craft show.
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Thank you, Ann, that's what I'm hoping for. I'm putting another layer on the bg, and that will be it.

I really like the quote in your signature line....I feel the same way exactly!

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Hi Char. The darker bg does very well. That will be a great display piece for the show. Keep us posted how it goes. Rick
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OOh Char, I really like the darker bg, it really helps with the piece. I know you wil get lots of commissions on this. Keep us posted on how the show comes out, Andi
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Thanks, Rick and Andi, for checking this out. I have put another layer on the bg and it looks much better. I will post an update as soon as we get back from church and as soon as I get my camera back from my son!!

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Here it is with another layer on the bg. I wish I could have gone darker, but I don't think it will take any more cp, although I was able to darken the shadows. It looks blended better in RL than it does in this photo!

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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Hi Char,
It is amazing what a background can do! I think you made a wise decision to darken it. The new contrast made the skin tones look much more life-like. I'm sure the owner will be very pleased.
You are very talented; I am especially impressed with the way you depicted the dress of the little girl on the far left. The fabric looks like, well, fabric! And you have a good eye for facial features. Keep up the good work!
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Thanks so much for all these nice compliments! This girl's dress was the first time I had tried to put fabric design in my portraits, and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

I am planning to display this at an upcoming art and craft show, in hopes of getting more commissions.

Thanks, again!
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Hi,Char ! Hurray, a new portrait ! And what a beautiful one ! You did the right choice,when decided to darken the background ,I like that you put the shadows in,it really adds nice touch to the portrait ! Once again - beautiful !
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Wow! Darkening that background sure made a huge difference! It looks great, really makes the children stand out more!

Very nice!!!
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Re: "6 grand-children" portrait/re-visited

Thanks, Elen! I actually did the portrait back in January...I asked the customer if I could darken the bg and take it to the art and craft show.

Thanks, Laura, for your encouragement about my decision about the bg!

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