Sunday, January 1, 2012

First painting; 2012

My nephew's daughter was
sitting by the lamp in the living
room, Christmas Eve, when I
was captured by the shadows on
her face. I ran for my camera
and took the reference picture
for this portrait. I enjoyed
painting her so much...I always love
the challenge of getting the likeness
of the person on paper.

84 comments:

  1. Lovely moments like this one is so great to capture on paper. isn't it? And that magic of the moment shows in this work.
    And yes hope you have a great year ahead.

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  2. Another one of your beautiful portraits, you captured so well the light and shadow on her face!
    Wish you a wonderful 2012! xx

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  3. Hi Hilda.
    Again an amazing portrait. I`m sure the likeness is spot on. I would think that you are in great demand from people who want their portraits painted. Happy new Year to you and yours Hilda. All the best.
    Vic.

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  4. What a cutie and such a fabulous pose you've captured!

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  5. Congratulations Hilda for this portrait which is symply amazing! You are one of the best portraitist I know! Happy New Year! Ciao.

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  6. thank you so much PRABAL for stopping by and your wonderful comment.! Yes, we artists, wait for these moments and grab it when it comes our way!!

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  7. thank you JANE! for your kind comment!! When I saw that shadow...it was calling me to paint her! Happy New Year to you as well!!

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  8. Hi VIC...glad you stopped by and for your wonderful comment. I appreciate it so much!!

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  9. thank you SHERRY!! Its those quick poses that seem to be my favorites!! thank you for your comment...its so appreciated.

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  10. thank you TITO! You have made me so happy with your generous comment!!

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  11. Love the light and shadows. You have executed it so well. Kudos for having a great eye to "see" the potential in all things!

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  12. Wonderful, Hilda. New year starting out great for you. I just got my first commission of the new year, a portrait of two dogs either together or as separate portraits (my choice).

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  13. thank you TRUDY for that nice comment!! I try to get away from portraits but I just love to paint faces...each one with their unique expression.

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  14. thank you CAROL for stopping and commenting. I appreciate it so much.! Congratulations on your first commission of the year!! Wonderful news!!

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  15. Happy New Year to you and your family. Wow Hilda, this portrait is amazing. You certainly started the New Year with a winner.

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  16. thank you so much JOAN!! Glad you like her. She was a perfect subject and a joy to paint!! Happy and Healthy New Year!!

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  17. Chiaroscuro lighting IS so captivating!

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  18. thank you so much DIANA for your comment! I've always loved Rembrandt's work and he is the master of chiaroscuro! I've always loved the dramatic finish to his pieces with light and shadow!!

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  19. Wow, you are off to a great beginning this year. A favorite for sure!

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  20. Has hecho un retrato precioso de tu sobrino. Te deseo a ti y atu familia un feliz año nuevo.
    You have done a lovely portrait from your nephew. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year

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  21. thank you so much KAREN...I appreciate your comment!!

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  22. thank you so much MARIA!!! and you made my day!

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  23. Gracias JULIAN! Lo agradezco tu comentario!!

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  24. thank you so much CRISTINA for taking the time out for commenting!! I appreciate it!!

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  25. A wonderful portrait of this little girl. The shadows make for an interesting and sensitive painting.

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  26. It looks great Hilda! The lighting is so dramatic!

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  27. What a beautiful and pensive expression. You've given her life!! Love it Hilda.

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  28. thank you CAROL! I appreciate you stopping by to comment!!!

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  29. thank you so much BRAD! I'm so happy you like it! thanks for stopping by!!

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  30. thank you so much CRYSTAL! Your comment has made me so happy!!

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  31. Absolutely stunning!
    Happy New-Year Hilda :0)

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  32. thank you for that beautiful comment SANDRA and Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family!!

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  33. Beautiful!!! You are really able to capture a look of interest in your subjects expression. Love it.

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  34. thank you so much ANGELA for your kind comment. I appreciate it so much!!!

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  35. I am always so impressed when I visit your blog. This is just beautiful and I know your family must love it.

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  36. What a great way to start the new year Hilda, she looks wonderful!

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  37. thank you so much BARBARA!! Your are so nice and I appreciate your comment!!

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  38. thank you PADMAJA...You are so kind...since I love to do portraits, I thought it was definitely a good way to start 2012....

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  39. This is beautiful! I love the lighting you captured on her face!!! Happy New Year! Quiet a way to start the year!

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  40. Love how you captured the feel of the warmth of the light on her face! Beautiful painting!

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  41. thank you so much JOAN. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!!!

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  42. thank you so much CAROL!! I'm so glad you like her...! I enjoyed painting her.

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  43. You really captured a moment in time. I love the warm lighting and the expression on her face. Beautiful piece!

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  44. thank you so much THERESA!!!!

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  45. thank you so much RON! I appreciate your visit!!

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  46. Nice piece if portrait poses. This is the original one.

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  47. You're right. the shadows are great and you captured them well.

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  48. thank you BJMERCADO for visiting my blog.

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  49. thank you BONNIE for visiting and commenting...you're so kind!!!

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  50. Dear Hilda,
    Wow, you've done the masterpiece for a first work! Thank you for visiting my blog. Take care and keep up wonderful paintings more in 2012.
    Best wishes,Sadami

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  51. Hilda, another beautiful child portrait. Her family will love this one. You managed to get that deep shadow, which is often my downfall -- I get too timid.

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  52. You really managed to capture a young and sensitive expression on her face. This is a very beautiful painting..
    Thanks for the support you give me with my blog.I do appreciate you, but how you find the time I do not know.

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  53. thank you SADAMI for stopping by!! I'm so glad you like her!!

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  54. thank you MARY...for your kind comment!! I thought it was too deep of a shadow but it was there in the photo and I took the plunge!! LOL

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  55. thank you JULIE! I always had problems with children but I'm taking my time with painting them and thank goodness getting a little better with them. Children has never been my favorite subjects since I seem to age them!! aah!! the challenge!!

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  56. great painting, Hilda! You sure started 2012 off with a bang. Love the dramatic lighting.

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  57. thank you so much DEAN for stopping by! and for your wonderful comment!

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  58. Happy New Year Hilda!... What a grand start for 2012!

    I love this painting... as much for the clever, energetic composition... as I do for the usually rich pastel colour and light!

    You should be very proud of this one Hilda! It's a gem!

    Good Pastelling in 2012!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  59. Vous êtes ma chère Hilda très habile et perspicace pour capturer l'âme de vos personnages... Cette fillette est superbe. La candeur et la pureté de votre pastel en font une oeuvre exceptionnelle. Bravo!
    Outre la qualité de votre geste, vous donnez la vie à vos oeuvres...

    (Comme promis, je vous invite à me rendre visite sur mon blog... Une petite surprise pour vous...)

    Avec de gros bisous et toute mon amitié.

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  60. thank you so much BRUCE!! You truly made me feel good with your comment! I appreciate it so much! I enjoy painting portraits..and this one was a little different with the heavy shadowing!

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  61. Dear Martine..Welcome home! I hope you enjoyed your stay with family and friends. I'm so glad you liked my portrait..thank you for that nice comment...I will visit you now to see what you're up to...

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  62. HIlda, your portraits are lovely.
    Particularly like the one of Julia. What sweet creatures they are.

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  63. thank you MARY for your comment! I loved painting Julia! I kept wondering what she was thinking about..I felt sorry for her being caged and not free!!

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  64. Your work is breathtaking and magical...you are an outstanding artist..beautiful-beautiful!
    Victoria

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  65. thank you so much VICTORIA for visiting and for your very kind comment!!

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  66. thank you SADEU...you are so nice...I appreciate your wonderful comment.

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  67. Great way to start the New Year Hilda! Lovely work :)

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  68. thank you MARY!! I appreciate your nice comment.

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  69. No photograph could have captured this little girl as beautifully as you have painted her, Hilda. This is so lovely!

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  70. thank you CLAIRE for visiting and leaving such encouraging words!!!

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  71. thank you KIM!!! I appreciate your comment!!

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  72. What a beautiful portrait! Glad you had your camera handy to capture that pensive and enthralled expression on her face. A wonderful moment in time!

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  73. You are so kind, CAROL!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting!!!

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  74. Gracias VANINA por tu comentario!! Lo agradezco mucho tu visita!!

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  75. What a sweet and serene spirit she has...gentle and beautiful..your work and talent is truly spellbinding...wow! It is such a treat to look through your posts..and discover so much beauty..your art is very moving!
    Victoria

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  76. Victoria...you made my day! however, this is how I feel about your magical work on your blog! Thank you again.

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  77. You have 82 comments already but I just have to add my two cents!! What a way to start the new year! Don't you love it when you find the light just where you want it! So glad you had a camera handy. This is tender and sweet and beautifully painted. Happy new year, Hilda, you are off and running with those pastels!

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  78. thank you ROSEMARY!! you're so sweet. I always feel the same about all my blogger friends work!!! Your comment is so appreciated.

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