Friday, January 20, 2012

Bird Watching

This is my granddaughter looking at
some birds through a telescope at the
Elizabeth A. Morton National Refuge
in Sag Harbor, NY. This is a wonderful
place to visit. They have many nesting
boxes and platforms protecting piping
plovers, roseate terns, osprey and other
shorebirds. They even close part of this
area between April 1st - August 31st in
order to minimize harm to nesting wildlife.
So if you decide to visit...don't forget your
cameras OR better yet..your paint boxes!!

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  1. Nice one, Hilda. Sounds like a wonderful place.

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    1. thank you CAROL. It really is a nice place. On the trail leading to the beach, you see rabbits, and when I gave my granddaughter bird seeds she held her hand high and the birds came and took it right from her hand. Of course, that made her day.

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  2. Beautiful painting,sounds like a nice place to visit!

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    1. thank you so much GERALD for commenting. It's a very peaceful place to visit!

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  3. Your granddaughter is so cute! I'm so grateful for places like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you so much TRUDY! I enjoy taking them places where they can appreciate nature..

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  4. Love the way this one came out mom! The lighting is awesome and I feel like I can see the wind actually carrying her hair!! I also like the way you are left wondering what she is looking at through the telescope...so much left to the imagination. Great job. Love you.

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    1. thank you CARIN!! Sometimes catching these "candid" shots are the best way to go, especially with a child. luv you too!

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  5. This is lovely..The way she is looking into those viewing glasses, the way she is standing and the way wind is blowing just creates the perfect mood. I too feel like going to birdwatching now..

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    1. thank you so much PRABAL! Yes, you're right! Birdwatching is very interesting...we saw many beautiful, colorful birds and when the girls put there hands out with food and they came, with no fear, it made it even more interesting for them.

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  6. It is a beautiful work Hilda, birdwatching is such a learning experience to know everything about birds while they are in your garden or beyond. You created the mood with subtle nuances.

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    1. thank you PADMAJA.!! for stopping by and for your kind comment. It definitely was a learning experience for the girls and I would recommend taking your children or grands here.

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  7. You are a real master with your pastels Hilda. The position of the little girl and the wind blowing in her hair is so well painted. The light you create is really beautiful and this painting is stunning!

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    1. Thank you so much JANE!!! That's a beautiful comment. I feel the same when I see your incredible watercolors.!

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  8. Oh so lovely!! I love that you caught the wind in her hair too.

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  9. Thank you so much SHERRY for stopping and commenting on Bird watching! You are so kind!!

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  10. Very nice! I love her hair. The light you captured is just lovely.

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  11. Thank you SO much SUSAN! I appreciate your comment!! Have a wonderful day.

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  12. This is amazing! I particularly LOVE the hair and I know it sounds odd but details like the light on her knuckles really bring her to life! :0)

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    1. Thank you SANDRA!! I'm the same way..I look at all details, no matter how small..sometimes they add to the painting. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  13. Un superbe travail ma chère Hilda! On sent la brise qui joue et caresse la chevelure de votre petite-fille qui est une très jolie jeune fille...
    Un pastel fantastique...
    Un lieu certainement merveilleux à visiter.
    Gros bisous et bon weekend

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    1. Thank you MARTINE for stopping by and commenting. The day was very breezy and didn't realize until I saw the picture that her hair was blowing out so it just added to the windy day we were having!! Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

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  14. It's beautiful Hilda!I love the atmosphere: hot and a little bit windy!

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    1. Thank you so much ADRIANA for stopping by and leaving me a nice comment. It was a very sunny day so I was happy to have all that light on her.

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  15. Great piece, Hilda! AND, she reminds me of my youngest daughter, so I think it's double great. (=

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    1. Thank you so much STEVE!! Skye is 11 years old and not only is she a cutie.. but she's such a sweet girl, just like your daughter, I'm sure!!

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  16. Very beautiful Hilda! I like the atmosphere and the fantastic light that pervades the painting. Great work! Hugs!

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  17. thank you TITO!! I appreciate your comment.!! Enjoy your day!!

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  18. Lovely piece Hilda. Beautiful girl and a great painting. Well done Hilda

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    1. thank you DORS for that lovely comment! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  19. very accomplished and wind environment!

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    1. Thank you so much SADEU for stopping and commenting on Bird watching...I appreciate it !!!

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  20. Hilda, Brilliant,Brilliant and brilliant painting. Full marks here Hilda. All the best.
    Vic.

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    1. thank you VICTOR for your very kind words! I truly appreciate it.

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  21. Very nice, beautiful. It is a painting that can has a story inside. It Reminds me, in some how a Canadian painter: Alex Colville. Brava!!!
    Ciao Graziano

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    1. Thank you so much GRAZIANO! for that very nice comment. I will have to google Alex Colville!!!

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  23. Hilda, cada vez los haces mejor!! Hasta cuando?
    Es precioso este de tu nieta! Tiene una figura elegante de niña, estilizada y tan dulce...
    Te felicito por tu nieta y tu magnífico pastel.
    Un abrazo.

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  24. Gracias, JOSH por tu comentario. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado mi pintura de mi Nieta.

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  25. thank you so much ERIK! I appreciate your comment!!

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  26. Mágnifico Hilda, está lleno de luz.
    As you know our grandchildren are the most handsome, the most intelligent, the most...It's a lucky being a grandfather.

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  27. Y tambien una Abuela, Gracias, JULIAN por tu comentario...Demasiado agradecido!!

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  28. Lovely, Hilda!!! The colors all go so well in this piece. Was your grand-daughter color coordinated or did you change some of the colors up. It's very cohesive and soothing. Really captures a memory:)

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  29. thank you so much CARRIE for your sweet comment. Actually, I liked the colors on her outfit and didn't have to change the colors..(I do that sometimes..!)

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  30. fabulous and how great that she was dressed in complimentary colors!

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  31. thank you so much MARY for visiting and commenting. I appreciate your wonderful words of encouragement.

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  32. I like the way your view is just a bit below the figure and I can feel the breeze :)

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    1. thank you MARY for your comment! I really appreciate you stopping by!!

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  33. Oh wow- everything about this painting is perfect. Not only that, but we can feel the mood and feel like we are right there!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. thank you TWEEDLES!!! for stopping by and for your nice comment.

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  34. Hilda - I thought this was a photograph until I looked at the bottom tag - it's both lovely and lively. She looks as if she could turn her head and say something to me - wonderful!

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    1. thank you CONNIE!!! I appreciate your sweet comment. Have a nice day.!

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  35. Ciao Hilda, beatiful your granddaughter and your paint. You are able with pastels to create a lot of atmosphere and mouvement.
    I like it very much.
    Ciao, un abbraccio, Floriana

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    1. thank you so much FLORIANA. I appreciate your beautiful comment!!

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  36. Love this painting Hilda. :) Such beautiful, light and soft colors! Really well done.

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    1. thank you CRYSTAL!! for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment!! Have a good day!!

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  37. It is a lovely scene, Hilda, and a wonderful painting! Brava!

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  38. thank you CRISTINA!! You are so kind!!! thank you again for stopping by and commenting!

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  39. Gorgeous, Hilda. I love what you did with her hair! I can just feel that breeze in my face. You are the master!

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    1. thank you CAROL for that incredible comment. You're so sweet!! When I look at all my blogger friends and see their works, including yours, I feel the same way..

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  40. Your work is really lovely..a real pro you are

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    1. Hi Page, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I appreciate you stopping and taking the time out to comment !!

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  41. I instantly get the 'summer feel' when looking at this illustration. Well done :)

    x

    Marielle

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  42. thank you so much MARIELLE!!!

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  43. Beautiful!!! I can almost feel the sunshine on her and the breeze blowing.

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    1. thank you JOAN for that wonderful comment! I appreciate you stopping by.!

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  44. this is simply STUNNING hilda!! just so beautifully done. i love her hair, i can feel the breeze and the warm sun on my face. one of your best in my opinion!

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    1. thank you SUZANNE for your nice comment!!! You made my day...

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  45. This is your strongest painting yet! Good job, Hilda. The hair movement is especially lovely and adds flow to the composition.

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    1. Hi DIANA...thank you SO much for that beautiful comment. I value your opinion!!!

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    2. I love this painting Hilda! You really captured the wind blowing in her hair and her clothing. I don't know why blogger is not letting me leave a normal comment, so I'm doing this as a reply.

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    3. Hi THERESA!! thank you so much for commenting..I really appreciate you stopping by.! So many of the bloggers are having problems commenting! I had some problems that seemed to have remedied itself..thank goodness!! since I don't know what to do to get "out" of the problem!

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  46. Wonderful, Hilda! I like the blue from her outfit that's reflected into the shadows on her skin. The windblown hair is well done!

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    1. Hi DEAN!! thank you so much for your kind comment! I really appreciate it!!

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  47. I am always amazed at all of the comments here, people love your work. This is a beautiful piece and her blowing hair is really wonderful. I bet she loves this.

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  48. thank you BARBARA for that wonderful comment! I'm always amazed visiting your blog and all of my other blogger friends and seeing their work. We all have our own way of painting which is wonderful.! I am in awe of the oil painters and watercolor artists who make their work look so easy! I'm so comfortable with my pastels and I struggle with oils..BUT I will not give up! Have a wonderful day.

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  49. Hilda, wonderful blogspot. Your works are beautiful. You truly capture your subjects.

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  50. thank you so much PAT for stopping by my blog and for your very kind words!! I appreciate it so much.

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  51. finally figured this out...can comment! This one of your grandaughter is really nice!

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  52. thank you SO much ALINE for stopping by and commenting on my granddaughter! I value your comment.! Have a wonderful day.

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  53. Oh Hilda - you've done it again! Wonderful composition and adorable model! Love the skin tones and the hair! Applause!

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  54. thank you ROSEMARY for your very kind words. I appreciate them so much.!

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  55. Wow..so beautifully enchanting and serene..what a moment to capture..you are amazing! Your pieces are awe-inspiring...shine on! Your work truly is breathtaking..
    Victoria

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  56. thank you SO much VICTORIA!!! You are so kind.

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  57. Hilda,

    I don't know how I missed this one. It's so very beautiful. Well done.

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  58. thank you JOAN for stopping by and commenting...I appreciate it so much!!!

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  59. Hi,Hilda,
    Congrats!! The work is so beautiful. Your portrait work gets gorgeous more and more!! The place sounds so nice. I should visit there one day. Have a nice weekend!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  60. Thank you SADAMI for visiting!! and for your nice comment. It really is a very nice place with lots to sketch!!!! And have a nice weekend to you as well!

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  61. Hi Hilda,

    This is beautiful work! Morton Wildlife is my favorite birding place. I have gone and fed the birds out of my hand. It is a wonderful experience. So many treasure spots out there on Long Island.

    Sue

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  62. You're right SUE. In fact, I took a picture of my grandkids feeding the birds from their hands. It's a wonderful place for kids AND for us. Glad you went! and thank you SUE for stopping by!! Have a good day!!

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  64. Good Morning Hilda!... What a wonderful personal portrait you have created here!

    All of the accolades and very insightful comments are well deserved! Your work does have a Colvillesque feel to it... however...without the austere quality that his work can often emote. A high compliment though!

    I would add that when one paints from the heart with love and passion... Art never fails to transmit that positive energy.

    Aside from your obvious pastelling skill... perhaps that is what draws people to enjoy and respond so vigourously to your work! That's my reason for visiting... and I asm never disappointed!

    Good Pastelling!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

    PS THanks for your recent visit and uplifting comments left at my site! Much appreciated!

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  65. Good Morning, BRUCE!! and thank you so much for your wonderful comment!! Like you said, when you paint from your heart and when you know that person, it does make it somewhat easier?! I thank God I have 5 grandchildren! Lots of painting to do.. LOL.

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    1. Thank you so much KAREN!!! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!!

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  67. Hello, hmuxo, thank you for your visit to my blog and me I make happy that you like it. There seem to me to be precious your portraits and everything what you do. Congratulations.
    Amparo

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  68. thank you AMPAROC! for stopping by and for your comment.. Your watercolors are lovely!

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  69. Hilda, this piece shows the wonders of childhood. Lovely. Your "Linda" is beautiful. I love her eyes. You have a real ability to render people.

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  70. thank you so much MARY. I appreciate your wonderful comment! I enjoy taking my grandchildren to these great places...watching their expressions and hoping they will remember the day!!.

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  71. This is so great. I tried to leave a comment when you first posted and for some reason I couldn't.It has so much personality and sence of place.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by DOUG! and for you kind comment. I appreciate it so much!!

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  72. Hilda, hi
    Thank you for your kind comment, btw a well done pastel, also wishing to you and to your wonderful family a great year 2012!
    Alex.

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    1. thank you so much ALEX for stopping and commenting! and thank you for sharing that wonderful video with us. I really enjoyed it.!

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  73. thank you GARY for that nice comment!!! I appreciate it so much!

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  74. I see a 106 comments...YIKES!
    I can see why, not only is it a beautiful painting of your granddaughter but you take the time to post encouraging comments on other artists work. I know I always appreciate how kind you are to me.

    Your ability with pastel puts you at the top of the class.

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    1. thank you JULIE for that nice comment..I appreciate it so much. I visit other blogs and I'm amazed at everyone's talent. You are all true artists and I have learned so much from you and all my other blogger friends! Have a wonderful day!

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  75. Really beautiful light on her skin and her hair. Beautiful!

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    1. thank you so much VIRGINIA for stopping by and commenting on Bird watching! I really enjoyed painting her. Enjoy your day!!

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  76. Your family is so lucky to have such a talented artist to record moments like this. The body language and gestures as well as place and time will be remembered through these treasured paintings.

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  77. What a sweet thing to say, CAROL!! thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment!!

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  78. thank you so much SKIZO!!! I appreciate your comment!! Have a good day!!!

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  79. This is beautiful and perfect in every way!

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  80. thank you LORI for that beautiful comment! You just made my day!

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  81. This is lovely, Hilda....I especially like the way you handled her hair....

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  82. thank you so much DIANE!! I appreciate you stopping by and for your kind comment!! I enjoyed painting her.

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  83. There is such an incredible sense of sunlight and air in this - you can feel the warmth of the breeze! Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thank you SO much Claire for that beautiful comment!! I appreciate it so much! Have a wonderful day!!!

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  84. Unique! Nice work! The hair is wonderful.

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    1. thank you so much JILL for stopping by and leaving me such a kind comment!! I truly appreciate it!!!

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  85. Wow Hilda you've been so busy! I love this painting of your grand daughter. The quality of light on her skin and hair is fantastic! Another special moment captured for those close to you. Your specialty. :-)

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    1. thank you CLAIRE!!! for that wonderful comment!! I appreciate it so much! Thank goodness for grandchildren! I take advantage of them for my reference pictures. It was such a nice day and the wind was blowing..so I took the shot!

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  86. Love this painting of the young girl.

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  87. thank you so much RUTH for stopping by and commenting on Skye...You're so kind!!!

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  88. Your portrait's are consistently great, but to me, this one takes the cake. Maybe 'cause it has elements of landscape? Definitely because it's so well done. The highlights in her hair really pull the whole thing together.
    Excellent!

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  89. thank you again for this wonderful comment! You just made my day!!

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  90. This is simply wonderful. It caught my eye immediately. Will no doubt be a family heirloom that will always be treasured. And rightly so.

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  91. thank you SO much THERESA...I loved painting this one....Skye is such a wonderful model. thank you for your nice comment.!

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  92. This is very nice... Colors are good and the reflection of light- WOW! :)

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  93. thank you for that wonderful comment, JESSICA!!! I appreciate you commenting on Skye!!

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