Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day One Hundred-Twelve

                                                                        'Pensive'

8 x 8 oil on panel
60.00 + 6.00 s + h

     I've had this photo in my upstairs studio (also the grandbabies room) for years, it seems, and I decided to paint it for a daily post.  I love doing faces, and did a series of about 70 or so, of my students, and others, when I was preparing to retire from teaching art.   I painted them in oil, which I hadn't done since college, and put them on 12" x 12" canvases, with the deep profile that doesn't need a frame.  While working on this series, I taught myself to paint a 'likeness'.  My mom was an artist all of her life, and loved painting portraits occasionally, too.   She would always say how difficult she found the process of capturing the spark of the personality in the painting... That's one reason I tried to challenge myself to go about doing exactly that !!
     To view my portrait series... go to   http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanso

8 comments:

  1. this is so lovely, the play of light and shadow on her face and hair adornments is wonderful! beautiful work!

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  2. Terrific! You did a great job with the light in this portrait!

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  3. Her skin tones are beautiful with the light. And her hair is amazing. Just beautiful!!

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  4. many thanks, guys... you keep me going with these words !

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  5. love this piece! found my way here after seeing your work featured on your sister's blog...I shall be following for sure, love it all!

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  6. Gorgeous......melting with emotion.

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  7. wow, thanks guys !! I'm inspired NOW !

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