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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Eyes Wide Closed!




Male portrait with eyes closed / oil on linen / 14x11
Winter is finally on the run with several days of rain that washed away most of the snow - and my Christmas Roses look like they survived beautifully. And they are still blooming. What a wonder!

13 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! Excellent portrait of this man. I LOVE the skin tones!!! Beautiful light...

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    1. Love, love, love your enthusiasm! You make me feel great and I thank you! :)

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  2. Dag Susan, heel mooi geschilderd, en ja, die huidtinten zijn perfect ! Goed hoor dat je helleboris de sneeuw getrotseerd heeft, was voorspeld....
    Groetjes van Simonne

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    1. Hi, Simonne - his skin was bathed in so much light. It was a challenge to try and catch the light while not losing the nuance of values in the skin.

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  3. Thanks so much - he was fun to paint - especially with eyes closed!

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  4. Your portraits are so good!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I wish I could be more consistent with them but each one seems to bring a new and difficult challenge.

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  5. Beautiful skin tones and sparkling light , great portrait !

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    1. Thank you, Jane - the light was so much fun to paint!

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  6. Beautiful flesh tones and brushwork.
    I failed the IQ test on this one, Susan. I thought when i first saw it (small) you meant you painted it with YOUR eyes closed. LOL.

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    1. You made me laugh, Julie! I do believe painting with MY eyes closed is more than I would attempt! I have had several models fall asleep during a portrait session so this one is not the first with closed eyes!

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  7. Bonjour ma chère Susan,

    Un très joli travail de couleurs... Des nuances merveilleuses qui jouent avec la lumière.
    Pas facile de peindre un homme !

    Gros bisous 🌸

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    1. Thank you, Martine - I find it fascinating how 2 dimensional paint nand canvas can depict a three dimensional person while maintaining his individuality - man or woman, young or old - its all such a huge challenge when trying to do a portrait.

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