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Old 04-07-2017, 10:45 PM
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... ready for the signature.
This is my friend and fellow life-drawer, also a sculptor.
He agreed to this portrait in his work-space and was so patient with me as I asked him to stand still in a very uncomfortable pose. I began the oil study for this painting in this way.
We tried a variety of poses before settling on this. I love the way the light came from a side window, softly illuminating his form and wonderful dusty hands.
I find people's work spaces/studios fascinating, and I hope this will become a series.
He has many tools displayed around and I originally had the idea to include them hanging on a wall behind him.
In the end I liked the simplicity of the door behind him in that wonderful green- and the windows covered by black cloth framed his head just so. Then he picked up a red-handled tool- I thought- great!

oil on canvas- life size

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Re: the sculptor...

A wonderful portrayal of your friend at work there, Bethany. Strong modelling of the face that resonates with his Madonna and child. I note your muted palette, a quintet of perhaps no more than five colours, a well disciplined academic approach in contrast to my own sometimes 'full orchestral' works!

I'm sure you made the right decision by not including his hanging tools. The muted green door plays well against his skin tones. Knuckle highlights on the firm clenched fists emphasise the action.
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Bethany.. looks like your concept was well
Thought out.. rendered ever so nicely .... a powerful statement ... kudos
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Re: the sculptor...

Thanks so much for the generous comments, Mark! I was attempting to use a more subtle palette. I'm glad the sculpture reads so well, too- it's of his daughter and grandchild.

Thank you, Carol! You are so kind to say so.
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This is wonderful Bethany. I love the rich skin tones of his head against the dark background. Well defined muscles in his forearm holding the chisel.
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Re: the sculptor...

Glad you liked the portrait, Bob! I was trying to get a sense of strength with the paintiing- hope it came across.

Thank you, Connie!
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Wow, that looks really good.

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Thank you, Esther!
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wonderful!
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A terrific portrait, Bethany. A totally convincing figure which must have great presence viewed life size. The hands are very well done and are joint subjects with the face, which is entirely appropriate. In any competition this would be a favourite. Well done!
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I have been looking at this portraits for a while and I did not know what I like the most of this man. The composition is outstanding and very dynamic.
His strong arms, especially the left one indicate his strength and dedication. This arm is against a blue hue which are complementary colors bring the attention of the viewer from the elbow to the hand. Then it goes to the other hand and ends on his face. A circle! Was that composition on purpose? Great work indeed.
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:06 PM
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Re: the sculptor...

Thanks, Mary!

Thank you for the encouraging words, Harry- much appreciated! (and from your lips... as they say!)

Moises, I appreciate your kind thoughts on the painting. Yes- the circle was deliberate- thanks for noticing!
I design each element of my paintings and have worked to improve compositions- backgrounds included. (I believe that a composition can make or break a painting!)
Even so, I had to use the work-space of my friend and try out some different poses. I made choices about a strong pose that told the story- then it was all about how the light fell.

Thanks, Melinda!
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