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Old 06-27-2008, 08:42 PM
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Oriental Lady WIP

This is soft pastels on colourfix and is 19" x 15" which is much larger than normal for me. The head is more or less actual size. As you can see from the following steps, I've made a few changes to the background as I've gone on. Originally I was using Art Spectrum's Flinders red violet and also their blue violet in the background, so I thought a nice yellow would complement that, but it stood out like a beacon and the cane hat is acting as a complementary anyway. I toned things down a lot and added some out of focus light to the background on the left. I'm working my way through the cane hat now which is a challenge for me, but I'll keep at it!!!

I often work right to left (being a lefthander) so I don't have to spend too much time covering up to avoid smudging. At the end, I'll go back and make certain all the values are correct.

She's just so gorgeous with those two front teeth that I had to paint her. I'll bet she's everyone's favourite grandma in that family!!

I've added quite a few steps so you can see how I go about things (if you want to see all the mistakes )
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A further two steps. Still working on the cane hat...
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Wow, Incredible. Love to see your work Patrick. I am so awe struck by how you make it look so easy, when it is not.
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Hi Patrick,

Excellent work.
Her eyes are really good.

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Wow! Way to go Patrick! This is going to be wonderful.
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missing you out there. I love this old lady, you are real great with people.
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Here eyes are wonderful Patrick, you have really captured the window to her soul, beautiful...

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WOW gorgeous work...thanks for the WIP!!
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I just love your portraits. It seems that in addition to catching the physical likeness of your model, you also capture the personality--which I find is so hard to do! Thanks for showing the progression of your work as well!!
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Many many thanks everyone

Elizabeth, I'm glad you think so. I certainly try to get to the heart of my subject. I get comments like that in my wildlife work too and I don't always realise I'm being successful so it's great for me to hear that. We can be our own worst critics, which is a good thing I guess
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Patrick, your work is just so marvelous!!!

I've been painting elderly people with lots of wrinkles and have to say I'm having a tough time with it. You do such a fabulous job making them look so natural. Would you please explain exactly how you do it.

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Binkie, I always fell back on the comfort zone that the wrinkles made things easier for me. Maybe they do, I don't know. I reckon the perfectly flawless skin of a model would be a nightmare to do and make interesting too. Without insulting anyone with wrinkles, I reckon all the elephants I've painted in my time have helped me with doing wrinkles

I'll have a look through your old threads and see if I can see something that might help
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When I read Binkies question, I inmediatly thought about your elephants. I think the only difference is that those of us who have wrinkles put face cream on them, so they are not so dry as an elephants.
But not much difference, isnt it ?
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Thanks Patrick, I really would appreciate a lesson on wrinkles. I just don't like the way I do them.

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