Jean, kudos to you! You tackled what very well may be the toughest photos this month - the baby's feet and woman's face - and captured the feeling of both. Even though there may be technical details you want to revisit, the essence of the subjects shines through. With the woman's face, for example, did you capture every line or wrinkle? No, but I don't think you needed to. Instead, your painting suggested the very same thing without being explicit. It takes a lot of courage to not only go outside your comfort zone but do it publicly, so again, kudos!
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Cathrine great start on the chicks. You have captured their fluffy clingeyness so well. Look forward to seeing how you finish.
Bonnie good job on the pen and ink. it could be the way you photographed it that caused the curve. Gerri do you have a full length view of one of these guns? As a rule the barrel is straight though.
Jen C & C's always welcome
Alex the bird highlight finished the bird beautifully. It is now perfect!
Jean good effort at two difficult subjects. the only way to learn is to go outside your comfort zone and keep at it.You have captured the tenderness of the baby feet pose so well. You have captured a likeness to the lady too. I was told you have to paint 500 portraits before you get it so you are on your way!
I stopped caughing long enough to do this pencil sketch of the old lady tonight. Still not quite got her. 9n my sketch book 8 x 10 pencil. using the new camera and not responding like my old.
Jen, an excellent likeness. One of the things I particularly love about it is that you caught the touch of uncertainty in her eyes and expression. It's pivotal to the photographer's portrait of her.
Jen, glad to hear that you are getting better. I hear that the flu is spreading rapidly. This is a fine drawing of the old woman. You captured her essence and her age. Good values.
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Cath, love your chicks adorable. wish I could do loose like you.
Alex, love the Jay with the bright eyes.
Jean, I love the brush sketch in water color. she has personality. and your feet and hands have such feeling to them very special
Jen, as usual you do those sketches with life.
Bonnie Good job with the old musket. you added what was not in the picture kuddos, who knows maybe the musket bent because it was fired so many times.... tee hee...
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well I dove in and got my feet wet and did a pastel portrait, but the site won't let me upload it. I have tried several times to no avail....
I have jazz all day today and tomorrow so I don't know when I will get back to do it... bummer....
Marsha, can't wait to see it!
Marsha, if the site won't let you upload a picture it is usually because the rsolutions are above 500 or the size is too big.
Jean, I took a sheet of plain paper and covered the left half of your watercolor portrait in order to focus on the right side of the painting. The left side of her face is just beautiful! The subtleness of the light hitting the plane of her cheek and then the shadow around the fleshy part of her cheek where it meets the side of her lip is very nice. I was thinking about painting the two women sewing but will have to do a few sketches first to decide what I'm taking out and what I'm leaving in.
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Marsha. Painting loose is really not that hard. Just load a brush with a diluted color and start "drawing" with the brush. I am probably doing it wrong but I will paint the shapes with the diluted color and then go in with a brush full of the same color only darker and add only the obvious dark areas on the shapes. Then I have an underpainting ready with the shapes and their dark values ready to take to the next level. At least that's what I did with this one. I don't know, I just do it quick and work from wherever I end up. Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. t's just a good way for me to focus on the values I see and not the details right off the bat.
Jen that is a really nice sketch of the elderly woman! I may try her but at the moment I'm leaning towards leaving the portrait work to the rest of you!
Bonnie - Great sketch of the flintlock. The powder horn and possibles pouch are also nicely done. One suggestion is to do a bit more shadowing on the powder horn to make it appear less flat.
Jean - great job on both. You've really captured the kind eyes of the "woman who has experienced a lot of life"