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Old 02-03-2013, 01:54 PM
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"Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Another commission, another sweet little girl. I love painting children, it's too much fun!

I finished two commissions in five days - phew - I have a lot to paint right now with an upcoming exhibition in April + a few (very welcome) commissions. Thanks for looking!

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:43 PM
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

You are very consistent in your painting. A sign of mastery! I think this is one of your better portaits, I've seen. I really like the darks in the eyes, nose and mouth. It gives it depth (also psychologically speaking) and steers it away from being "just a cute children's portrait".
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Someone's going to write about you soon. And then you'll be painting full-time. I can smell and feel it, I have for a long time - this is just going to grow.

Lovely portrait, I agree, great observations from Ochre.
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very free and just awesome
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Just looked at this again - love the color bursts of purple and blue more every time!
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Ola, this is brilliant! I love the looseness of alla prima paintings, and you've really nailed it!
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Brilliant I'll say and a masters hand, but even more it's all yours- no one like you.

Quit yr day job. Yu will hv more work than you can do. Bravo !
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:08 AM
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Ochre: I'm so glad you said that. I was consciously trying to get away from making the portrait too cute, so I chose a rather dramatic and moody lighting.

Toril: You're too kind, your encouraging words mean a lot to me. Let's just hope you're right. The art world in Sweden is deep into postmodernism, as it has for the last 100 years or so, but I'll keep trying of course.

Irish: Thanks!

Nancy: Thank you! Alla prima is the only way I know how to paint. I've tried underpainting and glazing a couple of times, but it looked truly horrific - nothing like the beautiful traditional paintings you see from the talented folks into classical painting around here.

Carol: So sweet of you! Thank you. It's nice to have a style people recognize, even if that's something I'm not aiming for deliberately.
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Oh my, the things we discover when we click on someone's link. Your paintings are just fabulous. Oh long ago I hoped to paint like this. gorgeous work
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:23 AM
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Beverly: Thank you so much, very heartwarming to hear - made my Sunday.

Bob: Thank you too, good sir!
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Excellent painting, of a girl and of her personality!

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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Ahhhh, Mares thanks for posting, I love looking at your art.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:33 AM
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Eduardo: Thank you! I hope the parents will think something similar!

Becca: No, I should thank you, and the rest of this forum. It's so nice to have talented people looking and commenting on your work.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:10 PM
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Re: "Milla", alla prima portrait, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Another gorgeous, "realistic" piece. Kids are not always smiling and laughing, not always sitting it the sun. You show their essence, and so many seem about to speak.
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