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Friday, September 24, 2010

Woman with Baby

"Woman with Baby", 9" x 9", Oil on Museum Board
Of all the portraits I did last week, this one I struggled with the most.  It made me realize that having a clear idea of the contrasts in the painting when I start is key.  When the contrasts, whether value or color or shape are not definite, then there is the tendency to keep re-doing it and sometimes it is impossible to get it right.

3 comments:

  1. I love this one. When I lived in Bolivia (I taught art there from 79-81) my maid came to work like this and so many of the Quechua look just like this!

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  2. This one is especially nice. the face of the baby is so sweet!

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  3. I'm really enjoying your portraits. You are such a versatile painter which I love.

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