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Commissioned Portrait WIP

12 Apr 2012
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12 x 12 acrylic   I agreed to paint a portrait for a friend from a photo of her granddaughter as my only reference.  Don't think I will do this again.  Losing control of the basic composition limits the artist. I believe I have a good likeness of a photo but she probably looks slightly different face to face. Oh well, I gave it my best.  Please give me your comments.

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curtis wood wrote
on 12 Apr 2012 7:29 PM

i think you did an exellent job...

Celia Blanco wrote
on 13 Apr 2012 4:43 AM

I can't imagine your friend not being happy with this painting, you did a great job!

on 13 Apr 2012 4:44 AM

I think you did very well with the limited resourcers you had. I agree, though, I never paint from a reference photo that I didn't take myself, as then I feel the inspiration, the composition, viewpoint, lighting, balance of forms, and that personal emotional response to a moment are all absent.

dmac wrote
on 13 Apr 2012 6:55 AM

Sharon I agree with the comments above. I think you're brave to have done this piece. Commissioned work always has the (usually) unspoken agreement the subject is going to be portrayed in a flattering manner and have control over the artist's work. It's typically frustrating and all too often unprofitable. So I say cheers to you for doing the work!

on 13 Apr 2012 7:04 AM

I Agree with Fergus.  As an artist I think it's important to spend time with the subject regardless of what it is.  You are brave, I am not crazy about commissions either...very stressful.  You did a great job! I think they will be thrilled.

Muna Shabab wrote
on 13 Apr 2012 8:24 AM

I think you did great. I agree with you about the composition. I really like your brush strokes. 

on 13 Apr 2012 10:11 AM

I think you captured this moment just right, I want to reach out and rub the horse on his nose!  I love the way the horse seems to be reaching out to the viewer, it's so typical of the friendliness of horses, I can't tell you how many photos I have like this of the horses I used to have!  I am sure she will love it.

on 13 Apr 2012 10:15 AM

I believe we have touched on a downside of commissioned work for an artist.  Fergus, you expressed it so well.   As an artist, I find my best work comes from a subject or scene that inspires me, that challenges me to share the emotions I felt with those who see my work.  I am not saying that I didn't enjoy painting this lovely girl and her horse, but it was difficult to struggle through the challenges of a portrait when you have not met the subject.  Or the horse!

on 13 Apr 2012 12:58 PM

Sharon, you did a good job with this.  The horse is so well done with wonderful fur and lively eyes.  I love the colors you used on her shirt.  I have come to the point that I refuse requests for commissions.  I prefer to paint what excites me and if someone wants to buy it good.  If not, still good.

pedroca wrote
on 27 May 2012 10:48 AM

Just love it, I undesrtand exactly what you are saying but looking at your painting I can sense a beatiful character behind those pretty eyes. A feeling of warmth iradiates out of this your capture. Horse details just awsome!. Thank you for sharing your artworks.