Marsha very nice painting. I love the way you put in enough detail to keep your eye moving and keep your interest and then that mystical background. The only thing that might needs a little touch up is her face. It seems a little pale to me. It almost looks like she has put powder on it. This will be something she can show her kids and say " This is a picture that your great grandma painted of me when I was a little girl." I wish I had something like that from my grand parants.
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Kim love your frog , I am partial to them somewhat , nice setting for the painting
Marsha great job on your grandaughters painting you have captured it completely
I just read Geri's post I am fortunate that I have three paintings my grandmother did two watercolors and a pastel of the farmhouse my father and I were both born in , the house was bulldozed in the 40s
Alex I almost missed your pencil sketch amazing what can be done while talking working organizing and doodling I have no idea what a oleander is
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Catherine, your determination impresses me. If you keep on practicing and planning as you have been doing you going to be a master painter in no time. The sketch of the River Walk is looking real good.
Kim, I love that fat, smiling frog. You placed him in beautiful surroundings. Super nice painting.
Marsha, what a lovely painting of Aubrey. I don't know where to start because everything about it is so nice and well done - her face, hair, dress, basket of eggs and even the background. Wonderful painting with great colors..
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Sorry Catherine, I missed this great sketch very well done
Kim, an engaging painting of your frog! The colors are beautiful.
Marsha, a lovely (and loving) painting of Aubrey! The only change I would make is the one Geri mentioned - consider adding a touch more color to her face, as it is quite pale.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Hello to everyone,
thank you to everyone who liked my 'Aubrey'....much appreciated.
Marsha it is 8" x 5.5" on HP paper...
I agree with what others said about 'about your version..the face is a litle pale but then you probably could refer to the original 'photo so maybe she was pale with excitement ??? You really should always work on good quality paper as you never know when a masterpiece will evolve.
Catherine I have only just seen the end result of your version of Aubrey..the statue up on the hill is very well observed, The link with Easter was inspired!!!..
Alex. ..smooth paper (usually cartridge), is perfectly good for drawings/sketches this size or larger. Most sketch books have that type of paper. Can you buy graphite sticks in the US? One 3B can produce all the tones (values) that you need for small drawings. The Oleander is very well observed...just needs a little more contrast in the lights/darks.
I'm sorry if I have missed out anyone but I have run out of time yet again.
Enjoying being a member of this site
p.s. liked seeing your chirpy frog again Kim!
OK, don't laugh! Here is my 1" x 1" portrait of Aubrey, done with watercolor pencils on 140# hot press paper with a couple of tiny splashes of gouache. It took three hours.
Alex, did you really mean to say 1"x1"? I'm not laughing. I'm amazed. That's a very small painting and doing a face that size would be challenging. This is a beautiful miniature and I love the colors.
Sam, thank you for your comments! Yes, it really is 1" x 1"! I had given my granddaughter packages of blank "inchies" (1" x 1") and "twinchies" (2" x 2") in case she wanted to make tiny drawings to decorate things with. I think they are used in scrapbooking and crafts. Then, I got curious to see what could actually be done with one. Tomorrow I plan to work on a 5" x 7" Aubrey-inspired painting and will appreciate having the extra space for reflections, etc. it is quite extraordinary to think of artists painting the meticulously-rendered miniatures people in earlier centuries carried with them as "photos" of their loved ones.
Hello Alex...that really is a mini-miniature...why did you upload it so large?
Not criticising because I like the effect.
Hi Sarah, I uploaded a tiny version that I thought would be close to the 1" size and also uploaded a larger version so people could see it. To be frank, when I was working on it, I had trouble seeing it!
Alex this is incredible my hands would shake from beginning to end from the mental anguish very well done