"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Double Portrait

Working on a double portrait and the left half came along more quickly than the right. I actually had to wipe off the other face about half way through as I had lost the likeness. She will wait for another day but I thought I would show you the surviving half. Painting an open smile with teeth is quite the challenge and I may subdue these a bit more before all is said and done.

26 comments:

  1. so wonderfully expressive, Susan. You're the bomb :)

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    1. LOL - thanks, Gina - it feels good to be the bomb! :)

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  2. Now that is a fabulous expression. Really great. Look forward to seeing the other half.

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    1. I hope I can catch her, Nora - she is turning out to be a struggle. I think my portraits are always best when I complete them in one session. My problem now is relating her - color, temperature and values - to the existing portrait. I hope I can do it!

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  3. Un portrait qui parle, vivant de joie et d'émotion...
    Gros bisous

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    1. Tres bien, Martin Alison! She is the granddaughter of Marc Chagall and was attending a recent opening of his work. I do believe she was happy!

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  4. I like her vivid expression!

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    1. Thanks, Judy - I think the expression compelled me to to try and capture her in paint.

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  5. Hi Susan, love it, your style is so special and I really had to smile abour your ballerinas on horseback! And thank you for watching my blog and your friendly comments.
    Best regards from Berlin, Maike

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    1. I always appreiate it so much when you stop by, Maike - it's nice to have art friends around the planet!

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  6. Het ziet er fantastisch uit Susan !

    groetjes,
    Simonne

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  7. Well I think it looks just wonderful! I love the visible marks you use. So expressive :0)

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    1. I love when you use that word, Sandra (expressive) as it is a goal of mine to paint with emotion through vigorous brushwork.

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  8. What a wild and fabulous face, so much energy. I look forward to seeing the entire painting, Susan.

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    1. Love that comment, Kathryn! Many, many thanks!

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  9. How terrific is this! - I feel like I know this joyful and fun person. Everything you do is top notch, Susan. you really have a remarkable talent.

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    1. Wow - that really means a lot to me, Julie. I appreciate greatly that you follow my blog and say such encouraging things :)!

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  10. She looks like she is saying to you, "Two faced ...you're saying who is two-faced? ....me?"

    You really are the bees knees you know!

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    1. Oh, my gosh - in one blog post I am both the bomb and the bee's knees! Life could not be better! Many thanks, John!

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  11. Excellent portrait, Susan...wonderful colors and love her expression!!

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    1. I think we both love portraiture - thanks so much, Hilda!

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  12. No,no, no. She looks like she'd alive and in mid-sentence. I love it. --Anyway, you won't really know how to treat her until the other head is laid in. Double portraits are a balancing act.

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    1. Oh, gosh, Linda - you are so right. I spent the entire day yesterday trying to paint the second portrait and ended up rubbing her off again and again. I am surprised there is not a big gaping hole in the canvas where she is supposed to be. I am going to give it one more earnest try............

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