Monday, March 11, 2019

"Beyond Eleven" 9" X 12" pastel on Wallis paper


Speaking as a grandmother I am constantly reminded how fast time passes
as a child grows up. Admittedly, I think it's a wee bit 
fast, but who am I to change the schedule of 
another's life?

This is my oldest grandchild who honestly was only a little guy
recently. Now, he is past eleven and it won't be long before
the "teen" years, then young adulthood and 
 beyond.

We have enjoyed watching him grow and change and
become his own personality. What a joyful treat 
it has been, and we feel so blessed to see his skills develop, his interactions
 with others become apparent and his interests take hold.

I have not done many portraits before this, but I have been motivated recently
by the work of some of my blogging friends who 
seem to have the skill of portraiture
 well in hand.
Their work certainly gives me motivation and encouragement.

 I think my next effort will be the younger 
brother of this boy. I'm looking 
forward to it.


14 comments:

  1. Oh my Carol - this is so wonderful. Your love of this subject certainly shines forth. I cannot wait to see his brother...I am sure it will be just a gorgeous friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you very much, Debbie. My husband and I took care of him when he was four months old for a time. We developed a strong bond which has carried over to this day. I'm working on younger brother right now.

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  2. Congratulations on the beautiful skin colors. Not a single area of muddy color! He has a sweet smile but also a look of intelligence in those wonderful eyes!

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    1. Your kind words, Julie, mean a lot. Portraits are a relatively new area for me, and I'm looking forward to learning how to draw figures as well. Both grandsons love to draw and paint, so at times there are three of us busy at the table.

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS Carol! This is outstanding. What an amazing job you did with this handsome boy! I LOVE his hairdo and his adorable pose. Beautiful work with his teeth...I know that's not easy but you did it perfectly!! I honestly think you should do more portraits! LOVE!!!

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    1. You made me smile when you mentioned the hairdo. That's a style that he made for himself after wearing it brushed forward for a while. Also, I didn't want too white teeth (or eyes) because they seem to stand out. My early mentor told me to use a very light blue color over the white in certain places as blue makes great shadows toward the edges of the teeth.

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  4. What a sweet looking young boy, love this charming smile . And you painted the teeth perfectly, one of the most difficult things to paint in my opinion, really a wonderful portrait !

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    1. He is almost always smiling, Jane. Isn't that a wonderful thing? I appreciate your comments on the results. Made me feel 10 feet tall! Your portraits are always a joy to see. You seem to do it so naturally.

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  5. Very sweet portrait, yes they do grow at an alarming rate. Time seems to fly by faster the older we get!

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    1. Diana, yes indeed, time seems to go by fast as we age. Some things we love seem to change and grow too rapidly at times in my estimation. I guess I just want my cake and eat it, too. You are really painting up a storm these days. I love all that you do.

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  6. Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

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    1. I appreciate the time you took to have a look and to respond. I'm working on another portrait and I hope you will come back when I get it posted.

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  7. outstanding job...love it.
    have a great day

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    1. Tanza, thank you for such a nice comment. I hope you will return another time. I enjoyed your blog this morning. You have interesting topics for discussion. Very well thought out!

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