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Old 03-07-2018, 08:01 PM
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copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.


Hello, I usually post in the landscape forum, but have decided to focus on my portrait painting. I thought a good way of improving would be to copy a French Impressionist painting and this is a copy of a self portrait of Monet. I have built it up so far in four stages. It is an oil painting, 12 x 16 inches on canvas. I have very much enjoyed the challenge and hope to continue to work on more portraits. Thank you for looking and comments would be welcome. Caroline
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:44 AM
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

keep work, you will find the beauty of portrait paintings. you will improve and find new things.
this is not bad for the start.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

i'm a fan of your tonalism-ish-ness, it seems you found the mood here as well: his eyes, his expression, is very much alive. good start!.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:05 PM
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Thank you so much Lazarus E for your very encouraging comment. The main thing is hoping I don't get discouraged and give up! It is such an interesting subject and I really enjoyed this painting.

Hello ronsu18 many thanks for your nice comment, you really have lifted my spirits and feel a bit more confident to continue with more portraits.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:26 AM
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

for artist, the subject he paint, it is his own world, is own war, is own peaceful, he can do whatever he feel, whatever makes him good, if it the playing with colors or the underpainting, the style, the mood, everything he choose.
i think the most impression of the words above, is Van gogh paintings. for his timeline, i believe his portraits were subjects for joke by others. they didnt see it as through his minds, feelings and eyes.
and the results is Van gogh movie. a genius.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

This has your wonderful color and textural sense Caroline.
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:56 PM
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Thank you Lazarus E I will continue the portrait journey. Poor Van Gogh if only he knew how very famous he would become.

Derek laddie! thank you so much for your very valued comment, I must say I really did very much enjoy painting this.
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Well done Caroline!,1 admire your courage to try something new,with successful result.
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Thanks, one of my favorite artists.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Your painting experience gives you advantage. An important focus in portrait is on drawing- they can be painterly in style, but still have the elements of proportion.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Thank you so much Dave, I do seem to be very slow at painting the portraits but I do enjoy them. It is a good way of learning so much of how the artist painted.

Hi oldnmartist, he is a very popular painter, we can learn so much about painting from copying his work.

Hi Ken, I think the drawing part of the portrait work is taking me the longest to do. Seems to me there is no point rushing into painting if the features of the face and clothes are all wrong. It is a challenge for sure!
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

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The main thing is hoping I don't get discouraged and give up!

I feel it is important to constantly work beyond ones comfort zone in order to grow. This often causes discouragement but the key is to press on and not give up. Many artists find themselves chasing past successes and often value the finished product more than the process thus stunting their growth. Persevere and paint...it's not easy but it's worth it.

Kudos on your portrait (looking great).... so glad you are moving out of that comfort zone.

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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Thank you so much Rosic for your encouraging words. I was watching a film last week about the artist Alberto Giacometti his working process was just amazing, it was all about just that 'the process' sometimes his portraits were never finished. Maybe leaving the portrait a little unfinished is good, at least I feel that way after watching the film. It is called 'Final Portrait'. I am working slowly and carefully on my next portrait.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

For someone who doesn't do much portrait work, it sure is a strong attempt. I would definitely keep going, seems you already have a good eye, just a matter of catching up with your eye. Personally my favorites portraits of other artists are the ones that have an unfinished quality to them, so go with your instinct and taste.
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Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.

Many thanks Amian3d for your inspiring comment. It does help such a lot to have the forum here with other artists like yourself really encouraging me. As Giacometti said leaving the portrait unfinished is a way of moving forward! It is just practice after all and learning to really look. Alas we are impatient to finish!
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