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Old 11-09-2014, 04:29 AM
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Re: Girl in Pink

Thank you everyone!
Pam, the demo went quite well I think. It was basically a block in in pure colour followed by a start on toning those colours down to read as skintones. But it was very well received.
Jen, thank you very much for that! It was so good to see you again recently.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:45 AM
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Re: Girl in Pink

Ruthie, I love the warmth of your most recent painting of the girl. Her skin tones are luscious and her eyes are very moist and lovely. Terrific job and congratulations on the sale!
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Re: Girl in Pink

Congratulations, Ruthie! Thanks for showing your previous version too. I do think you've improved, it's still your same style but more polished and confident now. I love the texture of her face in the new one that sold. They're both wonderful though. Glorious reflected color, great expression and character, dancing lively eyes and that incredible smile. A subtle point - you did better with the subtle irregularities and shadows of her teeth in the new one, they look artificial and perfect in the older one and now they have more depth and while they look healthy, are better shadowed and show hints of her age, it's her lips and the shadow of her lips on them and the way they're more rounded within her mouth taken as a whole. Love the corners of her mouth. Love the careful layering you did in the demo to create that rich wonderful color too!

I saw the video Charlie posted along with hers and wanted to see the finish, thanks for posting this! And of course congratulations on the sale. I should be making that to the buyer, really. She's wonderful.
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Thanks Bob!
Thank you Robert! I agree with your analysis about the mouth/teeth etc. Much better in the new one.
Oh that video......Charlie caught me out there! She had to cut most of it out because it was just me saying "are you videoing this....ooh noooo!"
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Ruth, did you use pastel pencils for this, and only pastels? Just curious. The portrait looks so real, her skin looks oily
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Congratulations Ruthie, well done! Gorgeous work, I love the dark in the background on the right, that lost edge makes all the difference. Great design.
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Great work Ruthie....we're so proud of you! Well done!
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Re: Girl in Pink

Congratulations Ruthie! This is a beautiful painting, and I like crop and background change in the new version- really great skin tones...
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George, I hardly use pastel pencils at all these days, except for the drawing. When I'm doing detail I find a sharp edge or corner of the pastel, or break it to make one! I also use charcoal to control the detailed areas.
Thank you so much Chris, Deirdre and Barbara!
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Re: Girl in Pink

beautiful! I can learn from it.
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Hi Ruthie57
Such impressive lovely work! The expression and the skin tones are just perfect! Wow! Please keep posting, I want to see more of your work. Very inspiring!
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thank you Prashant and Chapa!
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Re: Girl in Pink

Ruth, the current version definitely highlights your maturity as an artist. I am nowhere qualified to state why I think that, or do I even know why, but one of the differences I spotted is that the current version has much less of a 'halo' around the figure.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:54 AM
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Re: Girl in Pink

Thanks George. yes, I agree, there is a touch of halo round the original piece...where I worked reworked and overworked!

I didn't refer to this one while painting the new one and I used a different process for the build up of colour. I find it amusing that the colours in the face look so similar though in the end. I also think I worked the eyes and mouth much better in the new one.
I have a series of WIP images of the new one. Would people like to see them?
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Re: Girl in Pink

Ruthie Ruthie Ruthie,

Stunning and congratulations.

Choosing to paint a portrait in a demo is gutsy and yet you mastered it beautifully. Congratulations my dear!

I personally love the lip and am glad the color in the background changed. She's much more powerful.

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