Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anticipation 12" X 12" oil on canvasboard

Continuing to explore the human face, I did 
some research on skin tones when working on this painting . 
There is so much excellent information
and many demos on the internet concerning this topic much of it by known artists
who specialize in portraits and/or figures. You Tube, Artists Network, Pinterest and several helpful articles and books provided very relevant advice.

There is so much to learn in painting portraits/figures. I am awestruck
by the works I see by so many artists, older and contemporary. 
I will never accomplish anything close to their mastery,
but I'm learning more every day about what to appreciate in
these artists' works.
 



8 comments:

  1. You are doing absolutely great Carol , this portrait is truly lovely . What a great job you did on her eyes they look so real , lips are nice and full and she look really natural !

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    1. Thank you, Jane!
      Your words encourage me. I was so hoping that she looked "natural" and not like a "glam" shot if you know what I mean. I changed her hair so many times from bouffant to just loose. So much to learn, but so enjoyable!

      Your tulips are such a Spring treat! Beautiful!

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  2. Another beautiful portrait Carol. LOVE the skin tones and her eyes are beautiful! I as well have seen many u-tube demos on the "face" and find them so interesting ...we continuously learn by watching. These days I have no choice but to watch!!! Lol. Therapy is truly helping and I think I'll be able to paint soon...so excited that my arm is cooperating.... Keep these portraits coming my friend!!!

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    1. Aren't many of the YouTube videos excellent?! They have several on skin tones, etc. I'm so glad therapy is coming along well with you! I can't wait until you can paint again. Your last post was such a stunning portrait! I'll bet the lady was so pleased with it! Thank you for writing!

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  3. Wow the eyes are truly stunning, well done!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I enjoyed working on it. I'm still aiming for more visible brushstrokes. That is such a task for me as I have a tendency to blend everything when what I'm after is more texture. Hope I'll learn to do that one of these days!

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  4. Lovely again. And so brave to delve into the world of portraits. I admire you. My favorite is always the hair and hers is great.

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    1. Such a kind remark, Helen! I appreciate it very much. Portraits are an interesting area. So many methods, ideas and approaches. Much, much, much to learn. I hope you are still painting figures. I enjoyed your "baseball girl" thoroughly!

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