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Old 07-25-2007, 11:14 AM
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Re: Portrait demonstration from France

It took 2-3 days to paint,a day or so to decide on the pose,the design etc.
Half way through I decided to change the hands,as you can see on the demo.
It measures 32" x 24 "

I am trying to take longer over my paintings as looking back at them,they could have been better.
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I am trying to take longer over my paintings as looking back at them,they could have been better.


EVERYTHING could have been better, including Rembrandt's portrait of his son Titus, but I think you should continue to paint at the rhythm that feels comfortable for you. Don't overwork things, you're doing SO well as is.
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EVERYTHING could have been better, including Rembrandt's portrait of his son Titus, but I think you should continue to paint at the rhythm that feels comfortable for you. Don't overwork things, you're doing SO well as is.

I agree totally!!
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Hi Aldo,

I noticed that on some parts (ie. the right hand and the white shirt against the dark sweat shirt) seem to have this sharp edge/contrast. Whereas on the lower left quadrant of the painting, the black shirt seems to blend with the background. It's brilliant! I love how it leads my eyes to look at certain parts of the painting. Is this what is called edging? and is there a rule that you follow for this or is it just something that you decide along the way? Sorry for all these questions, I'm quite ignorant to art terminology .

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I love how it leads my eyes to look at certain parts of the painting. Is this what is called edging? and is there a rule that you follow for this or is it just something that you decide along the way? Sorry for all these questions, I'm quite ignorant to art terminology .

When I looked at the image in front of me I always squint,all the superfluous edges disappear and the harder edges remain.If you squint even more just the hardest edges remain.I look for the hardest edge as my key point, trying to keep the variety that is there.Like music,if all the notes are played with the same strength it is boring.There is a hierarchy,same with colour.I think it is the subtle use of edges that gives a painting that extra ingredient.

Have a look at Anders Zorn, whose work shows great edges that I have attached.
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I love that Zorn piece; fantastic edges.
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Got it, I think I understand what you mean. Yes, these subtle changes in edge and color really make an impact on the painting. Now if I can only apply that the next time I paint . I always squinted naturally but didn't know exactly why or that it was common practice.

Zorn is one of my favorites, I love this example.

Thanks so much Aldo. I feel like I've connected some dots together and found new ones to connect.
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Also, I think I originally found your portrait work on commissionaportrait.com
My favourite one I cannot find right now. It was a girl in a square picture plane I think, with a grey blue or light background, with her arms folded in front of her I think. She had brown long hair pulled up and there were whisps and curls of it around her face. My other favs of yours are Rebecca and Saskia. I really like your self portrait as well.
Anyway, I long ago added your work to my list of inspirational painters.
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Thankyou Jocelyn, I am not sure which one it is,there are two Rebecca portraits,my daughter, 2-3 years apart.Or perhaps it was Isobel,attached.
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It's the girl with the dark red hair, in pony tails, I think it is called Rebecca.
There was another one but I cannot find it. Maybe I am recalling a different artist but I am pretty sure it was yours. It was a square composition, hands folded on something in fornt of her, a lsightly Greek or European looking young woman. Maybe I saved it to look at when I want to be inspired, as I sometimes do with the odd portrait I run across. I'll look and see.

If it is ok, here is one of my favourites of yours.



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Fantastic Aldo. Everything including the hands!
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Inspiring, fantastic work. Thanks very much for showing here. Enjoyed your website and recognized your work from seeing it elsewhere.
Please stay around and let us learn from your work - post more!
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Inspiring, fantastic work. Thanks very much for showing here. Enjoyed your website and recognized your work from seeing it elsewhere.
Please stay around and let us learn from your work - post more!

Dank u zeer !,I am more than happy to help.

I have recently visited Rotterdam and Amsterdam,on a portrait commission.I loved Amsterdam in particular.
I have a staged portrait of that commission I could post.

I met an artist there whose work I like,that I found we had a lot in common,he is the husband of Saskia Siebers who is my portrait agent in Holland.They were both really welcoming on my first visit there.His website is www.frans-koppelaar.nl/ The portrait agency website is http://www.portretinopdracht.nl/
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Re: Portrait demonstration from France

Aldo, I checked out your website, you have some very exciting work there. Thankyou for posting your WIP, it's really interesting to see the way you have worked this throughout. You capture great emotion in your portraits, and the shadows are mysterious and intriguing. Very very exciting work.
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Hi Aldo
Thanks for those links! Looks great. Amsterdam is lovely, isn't it. I lived there for 5 years when I was studying.
Hope to see more of your work here soon.
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