Tuesday, November 2, 2010

PORTRAITS

A couple of starts...



Ella



















Red-haired Molly















Still trying to keep us with my "one portrait a week" challenge to myself.  Took these from sketches in my sketchbook so no color to them, just shape.  Then tried to keep the paint light and painterly, not so heavy-handed.

Did you VOTE?

5 comments:

Barb Sailor said...

Yes! I voted!
Nice portraits and beautiful color. The neck and shoulders in the top painting are very well painted, although something about the mouth bothers me a little. I don't mean to nitpick - I really like them.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Barb. I think you're right about the mouth - it kind of got away from me :) Neither of these look like the sketches I did but I'm just practicing right now the colors of the skintones and trying to blend and leave whites, etc. I'm glad you posted - seems like no one else wants to say anything so I thought they must be really bad!

Barb Sailor said...

She has nice full lips but I feel that maybe her mouth isn't quite centered - hope you follow me - I do like the color of her lips though - goes great with her coloring. I still think the neck and shoulders are great!
I give you much credit for trying these portraits periodically - they are not easy but you will continue to gain proficiency in that area and that is what is important. It is also wonderful that you are posting these on your blog - such encouragement for painters who are hesitant to try portraits. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

What Barb said! I wondered the same thing about the mouth when I glanced at this earlier this week, but didn't take the time to comment. I, too love the skin tones you achieved and the hairdo is great, very upswept!

You just keep on tryin' these and it will get easier (coming from one who hasn't even attempted a portrait since she did the fun one of you a few years ago!) I have quite a few of my Aubrey that I want to paint but haven't even looked at the reference photos for awhile. She will be a teenager before I get caught up on the stages of her development!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Barb. I could cut into that bottom lip a bit - or just learn my lesson and move on...

Thanks, Susan. You should do at least one portrait of Aubrey every 5 years!!! Like Carol Carter did her son - she painted him every year until he was grown and in college - amazing work, too!!