Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tuesday Afternoon

I wish I can say that this painting was from life but this is a pastel portrait of the young lady who modeled for us at Suzanne Young's workshop.  I had taken a few photos of her for  those details that I didn't want to miss, so I used a closeup reference picture for this painting.  It was pretty warm in the workshop so she "poufed" up her hair which I loved, and took the shot before she put it down.  There was those perfect shadows on her face that "called" me as well as her beautiful flawless skin!  I truly enjoyed painting her.

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  1. Reference photographs are not okay? Portraiture revolves around reference photos--about fifty of them. That's the first session. After that the artist selects a few that would plan out well and does some preliminary sketches in paint. Meets with the client. They choose what they like. And the serious painting begins. It ends with one or two life sessions where adjustments are made and finish details filled in.

    I wouldn't be apologetic about using a reference photograph. It's the norm. This is a wonderful portrait. Her skin is gorgeous and has the glow of the temperature in the room. This is terrific Hilda. Your usual great work.

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    1. thank you LINDA!!! what a nice comment! I do prefer painting from a photo..and I did take a lot of pictures of her, making sure I was able to get that perfect light on her face. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!

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  2. It is a "wow" one, Hilda! Really beautiful, I love her hair, her skin, all perfect!

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    1. thank you JUDY! You're so sweet..thank you for that comment!

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  3. I think it is perfectly fine to use photo references! I am sure the old masters would have done had the option been available at the time! It is really lovely! I like the soft lighting across her skin and that little highlight on her nose - just perfect :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA. Maybe you're right..they probably would have used a digital camera if available! LOL. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment.!

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  4. very beautiful - and i just love the added detail of her earrings!!

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    1. thank you so much MYRA!! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! I loved painting all the different colors in the earrings!

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  5. You have painted a so charming portrait !Dear Linda you caught a sweet expression of that person! A beautiful portrait where the eyes and mouth speak to my heart ... something intense and beautiful!

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    1. thank you RITA for stopping by and for your very generous comment! I enjoyed painting her very much!!

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  6. Hilda I can see that you enjoyed this portrait - to me it radiates with great warmth. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you so much JERRY for that lovely comment! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  7. Me gusta la expresion de sus ojos y el gesto en su boca! Contrastes suaves. Un retrato adorable. Un abrazo

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, EVA por tu comentario muy generoso. Lo agradezco. Un abrazo!!

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  8. I like her hair up, too, Hilda, and you did a great job of portraying it. Her expression is so lovely, and her skin does look beautiful in your portrait.

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    1. thank you SO much KATHRYN for your generous comment. I feel so blessed having so many loyal followers!! Have a wonderful evening.

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  9. You have painted a lovely young lady who has a sweet and kind expression in those lovely hazel eyes. Love the row of earrings, Hilda.

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    1. Hi JULIE! thank you for stopping by and commenting! I'm so glad you liked this painting!!

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  10. You really caught her flawless complexion and beautiful features. Lovely painting and model!

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    1. thank you so much MARY for your comment. She was definitely a pretty model. Have a wonderful day!!

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  11. Beautiful work Hilda! You really captured her expression and love the color in the shadows.

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    1. thank you so much LORI for stopping by and commenting. I'm so glad you like this portrait!!

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  12. She is so beautiful.. I think you have painted her just so well. That smile and that sparkle in the eyes is just so lovely.

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    1. thank you PRABAL for your nice comment. You're always so kind..Enjoy your day..!

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  13. The portrait is as beautiful as the lady herself..Detailed portraits can hardly be drawn from life.You did a great job, Hilda.

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    1. thank you ARTI for your beautiful comment..I always enjoy seeing your wonderful portraits!! I'm glad you like this one.! Enjoy your day.

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  14. She sure is beautiful, Hilda! Your skills shine through in this one.

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    1. thank you so much SHERRY..you always make my day! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  15. Nice work Hilda, I like the look in her eyes and the sweep of her hair. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi HELEN! Glad you stopped by!! I appreciate your nice comment. Enjoy your week!!

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  16. Smooth, sweet and beautiful! As always, great work Hilda!
    Warm regards.

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    1. thank you so much KONSTANTINA for that comment! You are so kind!!! Enjoy your day.!

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  17. Oh, I love the shading on her face. Beautiful job!!

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    1. thank you JOAN for stopping by! They adjusted the lighting and her face lit up..Love it!!! I appreciate your lovely comment!

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  18. Es un retrato muy expresivo. Me gusta mucho el recogido del pelo, creo que le dá un cierto aire informal. Que hay de malo en las fotos?

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    1. Gracias TINA! Lo agradezco tu comentario. Para mi, es mucho mas facil para trabajar con fotos!! Un abrazo!

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  19. Hi Hilda - I've been gone a while so it's been fun to catch up on your new portraits. This one is especially great - love her eyes and those earrings are really fun. Beautiful work!

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    1. thank you KAREN for stopping by and for your lovely comment! Glad you're back!

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  20. This is a lovely, lovely portrait, Hilda - She is luminous! And her slight Mona Lisa smile is just perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much SUSAN. She didn't know I was taking photos at that point! She was such a wonderful model. Thank you for stopping by!!

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  21. You caught that perfect smile so well, the personality reflects in this portrait. I also loved the minute detailed work on her earrings. Hilda, stunning job as usual!

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    1. thank you PADMAJA for stopping by and for your VERY kind comment. I enjoyed painting her. The earrings were that added bonus! Enjoy the rest of the day!!

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  22. Beautiful work Hilda! You have perfectly captured her expression. I really love her smile and her hair. Ciao!

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    1. thank you so much TITO! You just made my day with your comment...thank you!! Ciao!

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  23. Beautiful work Hilda. Oh yes, lovely smile and expression, you captured so well. Great job.

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  24. thank you JOAN for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment!! Enjoy the rest of your evening!!

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  25. I love the skin tones and gorgeous color in the shadows that you have captured in this beautiful portrait, Hilda. Wonderful!

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  26. thank you CLAIRE for your beautiful comment. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  27. Another beauty Hilda - the model and the portrait! Soft gentle eyes - she must have enjoyed the session! I wonder if you used a blue support? And if you have tried the pan pastels? Your wonderful portraits "almost" make me want to try pastels again! Your skin tones are fabulous!

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  28. thank you so much ROSEMARY for that nice comment! I have a set of pan pastels but use them as an underpainting when I do my barn paintings (which I haven't done in awhile) it covers a lot of area saving my pastels.. I hope you take out your pastels again!! Enjoy your day!!

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

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  30. Beautiful smooth color, Hilsa! And those gentle eyes speak volumes!

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    1. thank you DEAN for very kind words..I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  31. She is beautiful hilda! I love her skin tones too, and that expression in her eyes is perfect!

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  32. thank you CRYSTAL for stopping by. You are so kind!!! Enjoy your day!!

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  33. Very nice, Hilda!! Her earrings and hair make her look exotic:)) Beautiful job!

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  34. thank you so much CARRIE for commenting on this portrait. I loved adding the earrings for that extra color!! She really was an exotic lady.....Have a wonderful day!!!

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  35. Hi Hilda.
    Once again you have hit the jackpot again. fantastic. Yes the skin tones are brilliant.
    My, you are a fantastic portrait painter. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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    1. VICTOR!...thank you so much for stopping by and for your incredible comment..I appreciate it so much!!!

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  36. Ciao Hilda,
    rendi sempre molto vivi i volti che dipingi e
    trasmetti la voglia di indovinarne la personalità.
    La pettinatura, in questo caso, ha grande protagonismo perchè alleggerisce e vitalizza molto il viso...gli occhi e il sorriso completano un viso davvero simpatico!
    Ciao, abbracci, Floriana

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    1. thank you FLORIANA for such a nice comment!!! I'm so glad you like it!!! Have a nice day...

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  37. Hello Hilda..woah..another fantastic piece..she is wonderful..I love her skin tones and shimmer on her face..and her eyes are very captivating..she almost seems familiar to me!
    Gorgeous work..you always amaze me!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you VICTORIA for that very generous comment...I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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  38. Mi piace questo ritratto, bello!! buona serata e felice inizio settimana...ciao

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  39. thank you so much GIANCARLO for stopping by and for your nice comment!!! I hope you have a wonderful week as well!!

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  40. Very well painted, Hilda. She glows and her eyes and expression are lively. You need not worry that you used a photo; you nailed it.

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    1. thank you PAT for those encouraging words!! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  41. Lovely, Hilda! You captured the light and shadow so wonderfully!

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    1. thank you so much CAROL for your very nice comment. I appreciate it SO much!!

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  42. Gorgeous. And cool earrings!
    Happy Painting.

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  43. thank you NORA!!! I'm so glad you like her... I love painting earrings..but 4 was definitely cool! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  44. You are the master of portraits and pastel. The skin tones are lovely.

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    1. Thank you for such a generous comment, CAROL!! I appreciate it so much!!!

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  45. Ha quedado muy bien, buen trabajo.
    un placer pasar por tu espacio.
    feliz semana.

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    1. Gracias, RICARDO por tu comentario muy generoso!! lo agradezco!!! Feliz semana

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  46. wow again!!!Your portraits are so beautiful!!!She is very very nice and happy.
    A superb work!!!!
    have a nice day-))

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    1. Thank you SO much for that lovely comment!!! I appreciate you stopping by!!! Enjoy your day!!

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  47. She is gorgeous and the one before her as well! I don't know how to tell when a portrait painting is done from a live model vs a photo. Is there a secret to this? Both are so beautifully painted!

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    1. thank you LISA!! I know its good practice to paint a live model but I really enjoy painting from a photo. Thank you so much for that lovely comment! Enjoy this beautiful day.

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  48. Hello Hilda, it is a joy to return here, your lovely studio. Again a magnificent work of art! Actually, the model has a wonderful light in his face and you capture that moment very well. Send you a warm hug.

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    1. thank you so much CAROLINA for your visit and for your lovely comment. I appreciate it!!!

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  49. Beautiful painting Hilda. her skin looks so perfect in your painting.

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  50. Thank you so much ANU for stopping by and for your lovely comment!! I appreciate it!

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  51. Love, love, love this one!! Maybe my favorite so far. I like how evenly handled it is, just very solidly rendered, nice!!

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    1. Thank you SO much DIANE. Your comment just put a smile on my face!! thank you for stopping by!!

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    1. Thank you DIANA!!! What a nice comment..You just made my day! I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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  53. Wow your pastel work is terrific, and this portrait is awesome!

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  54. thank you so much LIZ for taking the time out to comment ..I know how busy you've been!. I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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  55. so well done! five stars out of five stars!

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  56. Thank you for that VERY nice comment, CELESTE!!
    I appreciate it so much..Have a wonderful weekend!

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  57. I'm back! Really lovely portrait, Hilda. The expression in the eyes is excellent ... you're totally brilliant!! :0)

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    1. Welcome back, JOHN!!! we missed you!!!
      thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comment!!!

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  58. So soft and such a look of contentment. Lovely portrait.

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    1. thank you so much ANGELA for stopping by and for your nice comment!! I appreciate it!

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  59. Mis felicitaciones Hilda por este magnífico trabajo. El retrato es una belleza, muy expresivo y con un gran dominio de la técnica.

    Abrazos!

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  60. Gracias CARMEN por tu comentario muy generoso!! Lo agradezco!!

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  61. Erg mooi ik vind pastel iets teders hebben ben sinds kort er ook weer mee begonnen kom eens kijken op mijn blog groetjes Danielle

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  62. Thank you DANIELLE for your comment and for stopping by..I appreciate it!

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  63. Beautiful, Hilda - this young woman looks so real - I love this - has she seen it? She'll love it, too!

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  64. Thank you so much CONNIE!! Right after I finished this painting the model's Mom passed away so I'm afraid she never saw it. Glad you liked it!!

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