Thursday, July 26, 2012

PORTRAIT STEP 2



I went darker than David Lobenberg does on his DVD, but I think it's okay.  The Paynes Gray by Winsor Newton lifts easily - and I may have overdone that.  But I still think it can be saved with Step 3.

Perhaps a portrait is a painting with something wrong with it.  In Step 1, it was the chin.  In this step, it's her right eye. 

No worries!  It will all come together in Step 3 (I hope).

16 comments:

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I love this quotation, Rhonda:
"a portrait is a painting with something wrong with it". I am going to print it out and hang it, proudly, in my "Grandma's Gallery of portraits!

I think this is such a striking way to paint a portrait, a monochrome. The contrasts between light and dark just sell this.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

This is coming together very nicely indeed. I'm enjoying seeing the progression.

Christiane Kingsley said...

This is indeed looking good, Rhonda. Great publicity for David's video:-)

RH Carpenter said...

It definitely seems that way to me, Susan - something you get wrong at first and then have to fix. Wasn't it Sargent who said, "Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend"? ha ha

Thanks so much, Susan, Lisa and Christiane. Christiane, I hope David thinks so and doesn't say, "What is she doing??!" ha ha

debwardart said...

Looks good to me - good job!

Studio at the Farm said...

It looks good, Rhonda. Good luck with step 3.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Deb and Kathryn :) Step 3 and finalizing the darkest darks next.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Oooo, yes, love the monochrome approach. I giggle as the early step in wc painting can really give you a fright :) Right you are about step 3!

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda love the fact that you are doing this in monotone...somehow it gives the portrait a great look without getting into all the flesh tones. Looks great!

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

It is so very interesting to see the work in progress. My interest is the mixing of teacher's instructions and the strong personal input and manner of "the pupil".

CrimsonLeaves said...

She is looking beautiful, Rhonda! You are doing an amazing job! David would be proud!

RH Carpenter said...

Pam, thanks; those first colors in watercolor can scare you - but, really, it's just the 3 basics you should start with = yellow, blue, red (of course, those can go wrong quickly, too! ha ha)

Thanks, Debbie, Irina and Sherry!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Wow, This is really good. Can't wait for Step 3 to see what you do next.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol. I haven't gotten to Step 3 yet but hope to do that this week. I don't know where the time goes!

Shelley Whiting said...

A very lovely and mysterious picture. She looks very pensive and complex. Wonderful work.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Shelley. I hope to incorporate some of this into portraits of my own after I practice for a while.