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Old 10-11-2014, 12:07 PM
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Study of Ben

getting back into oils from a long stretch of acrylic painting. I suppose the ultimate proving ground is in the portrait, so I am getting my feet wet.
Definitely a study in values, color, and comp.
My son, looking pensive 12x12.
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This is a really well structured study of your son- I know it is accurate because I remember the other paintings of him. I like the dramatic lighting and the warm/cool colour balance.
I love to paint my children (- and other family if they will sit for me!)
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wow! Stunning work Derek! Anything you paint turns out stunning .
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Yr an amazing artist Derek..... Very accomplished work.
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Thanks very much bethany.
Hey bhavani: nice of you to stop by.
carol: I appreciate that.

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An interesting composition and a strong one. Nicely observed shadows and backlights.
I wondered if the outside view needed something of the red tone of the figure and chair......but maybe it works as it is to suggest the contrast of inside and outside. Nice anyway.
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Hi Harry: thanks. If you were to blow up the window landscape area you would see quite a bit of red in the leaves.

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Re: Study of Ben

the light on his right, our left, eyelid is too light and it makes his eye pop out.

i like that you are very concerned about the modulations of the head, and with that i think you should pay more attention to the philtrum. since you gave attention to the philtrum turning up into his lip, particularly at that angle and with that side angle light, the philtrum would be more articulated. they're like two little pipes that roll out from the nostril, form a crevice between the two, and end up(as you have shown) turning up into the lip.

the turn of his cheek into the nostril is dark and distracting. it may be because of it's darkness or it may be because it should be turned with color instead of what looks like grey/black. because it is a gradually mild turn of form it should still retain it's local color.

the brow above the nose bridge should be centered....you have it more to his right.

nice attention to the rounded forms,,,chair, sleeve, etc etc. personally, i think the tree in the landscape is a bit distracting in it's shape. this portrait is a shape-dominant theme,,,you have big bold shapes. so the detail in the landscape looks out of place to me.

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Re: Study of Ben

This is great work. I think the only thing that really requires adjustment is the area over his right eye. Clearly the subject is sitting in bright light and I'm sure the area actually was that bright, but it's distracting in the portrait due to the contrast with the rest of that side, which is in shadow. The same could be said for the light area on his right side between and just right of the mouth/chin
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One other thing that's distracting is the light area of the collar. I'm sure it was picking up reflected light in that colour, but it does not read correctly as part of the shirt in my opinion.
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Bruin70 has great points. I really enjoyed that you captured that look in his face.
My only suggestion is to tone down the harsh contrast between the dark of the chair and the light. I find that strong line competes for my eyes' attention. Perhaps gradiate the value? Or it could just be my monitor.
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You did a wonderful job of capturing his pensive expression. You have a handsome son. Nicely done portrait.
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Thanks Darla. A great guy, but his college tuition?

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