Wednesday, August 13, 2014

... I'm Ready for My Close-up ... or ... the Portrait Is Done, and a Color Study Is in Progress ...

31.5 x 21.5 cm.
A lot of dry-brushing of thin glazes has gone on, and some are so thin even I have trouble seeing them. But I think they have given a beautiful, soft glow to her gentle coloring. When I started this portrait, I had thought to put in a background of various soft greens, suggestive of leaves,  to act as complement to her coloring. But at this point, considering the softness of color and the tightness of the format, I know it is much better as is. This was not a commission, but the parents did ask to see the portrait when I finished. Hopefully, they like it enough to purchase it.

29 x 22 cm.
This one is a study for a commission. When finished, it will be a bit taller and much wider. The reference photo was taken in a covered riding ring. The background in the photo was quite nebulous, and I have chosen to make it even more so. The background will meld into the ground [the footing of the arena], and will be darkest on the far right. Again, I am using my favorite triad of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone blue. I like the color scheme, and the horse/rider image; my only qualm so far is the overall composition, but I'll see how it goes.

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  1. Suz,
    the soft glow is there,,, and it is gentle.
    You worked your magic and the portrait is beautiful!
    All of the tones and colors are perfect!

    And the horse and rider!!! Love it!


  2. She looks beautiful, Kathryn. I as well wouldn't paint a background... It would be too confusing. The horse and the rider is amazing so far...I love the way you're painting the dirt as well!!! The horse looks SO SO good!

  3. She is just beautiful! We can't imagine her parents not liking it!

  4. I think it's nice without a background too... Her eyes really stand out against her hair colouring! I'm sure they will be thrilled :0)

  5. Kathryn - wow - those blue eyes and the softness of this child really captures innocence. Just beautiful. Love too what you are in progress painting with the horse and rider. Your triad of colors just work wonderful in the background. Can't wait to see it finished. Hope you are having a great day.

  6. The kid is great. All your careful work has been on target. The parents are going to fall over. Don't shy up. The portrait of their child is priceless. As for the horse and rider, my eye said he's too centered. I would move him left of center like he's riding out of the ring. Of course that may entail suggesting his location on the right--like the observers...

  7. She is beautiful, Kathryn, a very subtle and gentle portrait!