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Old 12-14-2014, 03:22 PM
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This was not an easy one to paint. She was my best friend for over 40 years. She discovered she had cancer, and three months later she was gone. Her husband asked if I would paint her portrait. He wanted me to use a picture that was only 2" by 2" taken from a church family album, as it was his favorite, and use dogwoods as her favorite flower. I tried as best I could to match the photo and at the same time show her exuberance and enthusiasm for the world around her. I would appreciate any comments and critiques, oil 11 X 14 thank you.....
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:24 PM
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I think you have done a wonderful job.
It is a good likeness, but more important, her character comes through.
She comes across as a very lovely lady.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:45 AM
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You succeeded!
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:15 AM
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Beautiful work - good background. I'm sure it will be very much appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:07 PM
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Thank you Loretta, Brad, and Wassie for taking the time to comment. Sometimes I'd smile, and sometimes I'd cry painting this one. Cancer did not defeat her, her take was that she was just going home.
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Well done very good likeness
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You gave her such an ethereal softness - like an angel
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Great job! She looks like someone who would be fun to visit with - so difficult to portray that kind of personality in a painting. Nicely done!
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Super portrait, lively, lifelike and upbeat. The subtle floral background works very well. An excellent memento of your friend.
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Thank you barriespapa, Melinda, Alane, and 123, you have described her perfectly, she was upbeat and great fun. I'm so glad that showed through. When our children were very young we would pack them up and go searching for finds for our "this old house" houses. Theirs a Victorian over 120 years old, and ours a converted 1800's brick school house. Never a dull moment, and fortunately, many fond memories.

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You have created a very good likeness and that likeness shows she is a very good lady, full of life.
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Lovely portrait and the story behind it makes it more poignant. She must have been a good person, it shows through very strongly.
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You've done a great job with her character and expression! The color is fresh and light and all is well-drawn. A portrait like this is significant for both you and the husband.

A few small thoughts- you may add value on the form of our left side of the neck as it turns back. This will set the face forward more. You might also use a touch more width on our left.
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:24 PM
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Thank you libra, Paul, and Ken for your kind thoughts and taking the time to comment. Ken you are spot on about the neck especially, I will revisit - thanks again all, very much appreciated.
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