Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Portrait Challenge, First Try, Acrylic

This month my Challenge group is doing portraits of each other.  Whose terrible idea was that?  Mine.  I don't know what I was thinking!  I've decided to do the portrait of fellow artist and all around dear person first in acrylics, then in oil.  This acrylic painting, in a 6x8 in format, took about 3 hours - wayyyy too long for what it was.  And truthfully, this looks nothing like her.  So.  I have my work cut out for me, and will try again probably next week.  But now I've analyzed the image I'm working from pretty thoroughly.  I'm a little dazed from the Marathon day yesterday.  I cannot imagine what it's like to actually RUN it!
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15 comments:

  1. I like it!
    It's the essence of Joan as a young boy.
    So what! I think it looks like here and you shouldn't stress-wait till I see what I do with you!
    Paint like a marathoner- move on!

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  2. Hmmm....I know the struggle. I made my first attempt this weekend and Nini looked at it and told me she thought my subject might be disappointed...I kind of liked it but had planned to do another anyway...maybe I'll post both when I'm done,

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  3. I love her!! You've done a terrific job. Welcome to my world of acrylics....lol! You'll grow to love them.... : )

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  4. I think it looks great...Poor Paula is going to be mortified by what I have come up with so far...
    P

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  5. Well, I knew it was Joan the minute I opened the blog. You have some of the essence of her in your painting. Portraits are hard.

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  6. I think you are being much to hard on yourself, Kelly. It looks good to me. Of course I don't know if I've seen a photo of your subject before so what do I know.......
    Face it, it's good anyway. Have a great day.

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  7. Well I dont know Joan but I think it looks great. I think you went to the marathon (other than to watch your daughter) because you are suppose to do one :) How's that for a challenge?

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  8. You guys are fun, and funny! And Amy, the only marathon I could do is a PAINTING marathon! Afraid my wrecked knee would prevent me!

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  9. It's a lovely painting, whether it looks like the subject or not (since I don't know her). Getting a likeness is often a matter of itsy-bitsy degrees.

    Our art group did a portrait challenge this month, too! Must have heard you thinking!

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  10. Don't know this person but I really like this portrait. It feels like you captured her spirit or a spirit. I would like to meet her!

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  11. Kelley, Wonderful painting! I have no idea what this person really looks like, but it doesn't matter! Beautiful work!

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  12. You did such a wonderful job with this, Kelley! Great expression you captured.

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  13. Good attempt for a first try, Kelley!

    -Dean

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