Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dance Recital

I took the reference picture of Lexi right before her recital a few months back.  (So many pictures of the grandkids!)   I told  her not to smile, once again!!  She's getting used to me already..and knows when I take a picture...you're not allowed to smile.  LOL
I used my Unison pastels for the bows and trim on the dress.  Unison pastels are very soft and the colors are so intense.  I went to Blick's this week and as you all know, going there is like going to a candy store..!!!  I hope you like this portrait....  I enjoyed painting her.

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  1. Love the way she is al decked up to perform, the expression of 'why am I not allowed to smile"..beautiful job as always Hilda!

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    1. thank you so much PADMAJA for your lovely comment!! I enjoyed painting her!!! Enjoy this beautiful day!!

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  2. A very sensitive and engaging portrait Hilda!

    You certainly captured and frozen a moment... in a colourful and beautifully designed and executed pastel!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. thank you BRUCE for stopping by and commenting on Lexi. I appreciate it!!!

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  3. Hilda. Una obra bellísima por la ejecución y esa postura tan original, muy expresiva. Felicitaciones y Saludos!!

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    1. Gracias MERCEDES por tu comentario muy generoso!!! lo agradezco!! un abrazo

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  4. Beautiful, Hilda! Lexi has such beautiful green eyes. I love how you have "trained" her not to smile for a painting-type photo. :)

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    1. thank you KATHRYN for your lovely comment! She does have beautiful eyes! When they see my camera they put their "serious" face on!! LOL

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  5. Hilda she is beautiful!! And I love the colors in her bow and trim.

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    1. thank you so much CRYSTAL for your lovely comment!! I enjoyed taking the Unison pastels out for her outfit!

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  6. Lexi is beautiful and Hilda you did a wonderful job capturing such a great expression. Love the colors and composition. Brilliant!!

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    1. thank you for that very generous comment, JOAN! You're so kind!!!

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  7. This is fantastic, Hilda! Lexi looks like a little sweetheart, and you captured her so beautifully. Well done!

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    1. thank you DARLA for stopping by and for commenting on Lexi...she's a sweet little girl and I enjoyed painting her. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. beautiful and gorgeous! love the colors! she is such a cutie!!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by MYRA, and so happy you like her....enjoy this beautiful day!!

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  9. Love the angle of her head and you cropped it just right. I am in awe of the glint showing the curve of the eye and how is so perfectly painted. This is a really good portrait - as they say...you done good!

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    1. thank you JULIE! You are so kind...I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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  10. Buenísimo Hilda, un buen trabajo. El color de la piel muy natural. Enhorabuena.Un abrazo
    Disfrutaste comprando los pasteles, me encanta esa sensación, la última caja que compré tarde un tiempo en empezarla.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, OLGA por tu comentario muy amable...siempre es un disfrute para usar pasteles nuevo, verdad?

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  11. A portrait spectacular where the dress and the ribbon leading the viewer at the child eyes, incredibly expressive! Composition and a wonderful palette for a superb portrait! Hilda,my dear blogfriend, have nice Valentine Day's,warm hugs,Rita.

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    1. thank you RITA for stopping by and commenting..I really appreciate it. It was so much fun using so many rich colors for a change. Hugs!!

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  12. Hola Hilda, fantástico este retrato lleno de color y dulzura, enhorabuena por tu trabajo siempre tan estupendo!! Abrazos!

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, MARI por tu comentario MUY generoso!!! Lo agradezco!
      un abrazo!!

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  13. Perfect Hilda!
    Love everything about this one

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    1. thank you so much SUE!! I'm so glad you liked it! Enjoy your day!!

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  14. She's beautiful and I love her colors!

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    1. thank you SHERRY! I'm so happy you like this painting of Lexi!!! Have a wonderful day!!

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  15. Een sprekend gezicht mooi gedaan Muxo lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. thank you for stopping by and for your comment, DANIELLE...I appreciate it so much! Have a nice day!

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  16. Aw, I love how you did this portrait! It really brings out her young, innocent personality. The reflections and shadows on the skin are amazing! Yep, Dick Blick is like a wonderland for me too! But I have to drive an hour and half to get there, so I only go once or twice a year.

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    1. thank you so much KATHERINE for your lovely comment!! I had SO much fun going to Blick's...I never know where to start!!
      I'm about 1/2 hour away from the store...
      Glad you liked Lexi!

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  17. Lexi is beautiful - love this one!

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    1. thank you so much MARGIE for your wonderful comment!!! I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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  18. Wow - what a beautiful portrait of a little angel! This is so gorgeous Hilda. I like the sparkle in her eyes. It really brings her to life :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA for your beautiful comment!! I love painting portraits...the sparkle in her eyes are the icing to the cake! enjoy this wonderful day!

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    1. thank you so much CAROL!! I'm so glad you like her!!! Enjoy your day!!!!

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  20. Hilda!
    You are such a fantastic artist! It is a thrill to check on your blog and see your wonderful creations!
    Bravo!
    Michael

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    1. thank you so much MICHAEL for your very generous comment!!! You're so kind!! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  21. Great portrait. Yes, smiles are troublesome. The Mona Lisa or a smirk is better. But there is something challenging about open mouth laughter that keeps me trying. You are very fortunate to have such an accommodating grandchild around.

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    1. thank you so much LINDA! You're right..I don't want to stop trying...I just find it so much easier...OKAY, I will do another smile soon!!! LOL

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  22. Un retrato fantástico, me encanta su carita enmarcada con los alegres colores del vestido y el lazo!

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, TINA por tu comentario muy generoso.! Lo agradezco!!
      un abrazo!!!

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  23. It's an amazing portrait, she looks so real ! Love the eyes and the glow !

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    1. thank you so much JANE...I really appreciate you stopping by and for your lovely comment!!!

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  24. I have no words to say how beautiful is this portrait, Hilda. Everything is absolutely perfect and marvelous. A hug!

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    1. thank you TITO for your very generous comment. You're SO kind!!! Hugs!

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  25. Very very beautiful and adorable..I love the eyes and the posture too.

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    1. thank you so much PRABAL! You've made my day!!! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  26. This is a beautiful portrait. I love the composition!

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    1. thank you so much LOIS for taking the time out to comment on my painting!! I appreciate it!!

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  27. Beautiful portrait...love the colors! So happy you treated yourself to the art(candy) store...I call those visits an "artist date"!

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    1. Thank you TRUDY for stopping by and commenting!! I did treat myself...that store is so much fun!! Glad you liked this painting!!

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  28. Lucky to have such lovely models at hand!She looks fabulous, your treatment of pastels is great.As about the visit to the art store, you are so right!

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    1. thank you ARTI for your beautiful comment. I can't wait to see your next pastel portrait...you do so beautifully with this medium!

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  29. Hola Hilda, eres una pintora fantástica. Es un retrato magnífico,

    Un abrazo

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    1. Gracias ROSA por tu comentario MUY generoso! Lo agradezco!!! Un abrazo!!

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  30. Looking good, Hilda! This is a very strong and lovely piece.

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    1. thank you so much DIANA!! You've made my day with your comment!!!

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  31. Ce portrait est d'une beauté exceptionnelle, Hilda!
    J'aime la douceur et la fragilité de son regard...
    Félicitations et bon week-end.

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    1. thank you so much OLIVIER for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment. I appreciate it so much!! Enjoy your weekend!!

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  32. Hilda, dear, this is a delicious portrait,
    i like it so much!
    Big hug.

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    1. thank you CAROLINA!!! You're so kind..I'm glad you like this portrait!
      Hugs!!

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  33. You definitely caught a little girl expression there! Gorgeous child!

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    1. thank you so much LISA! I'm so glad you like this painting..she's so sweet as well!!

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  34. She is just beautifully executed. Lively colors for the complexion. You mention Unison, haven't splurged for them, can you really tell a difference?

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    1. thank you NELVIA for stopping by and commenting on Lexi. I'm glad you liked this painting. I don't use Unisons all the time, but for highlighting its perfect because of the vibrancy and softness of the pastel.

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  35. Beautiful portrait, Hilda. Isn't it wonderful when you have so many cooperative models. I especially like the tilt of her head which makes for a diagonal and a great composition.

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    1. Thank you so much PAT!! You just made my day with your comment. I enjoyed painting her with her colorful costume then posing her..I think they enjoy it as well!! Enjoy the rest of the evening!!

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  36. Your work is so inspiring, Hilda! This is absolutely lovely. I just took some pictures of my grandkids (in hopes of painting them), and was also telling them not to smile. They are such happy kids, that when I told them not to smile they just giggled and their smiles got bigger!

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    1. thank you for stopping by!! I love happy kids, CLAIRE..and I hope to see some portraits soon of your grandkids!!! They're such fun subjects. Glad you like this portrait of Lexi.

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  37. Ma chère amie bonjour,

    Vos portraits sont de plus en plus "vrais", "vivants"... Lorsque j'admire ce dernier, il me semble être là devant cette belle demoiselle qui rêve en écoutant de la musique...
    Un merveilleux pastel aux couleurs extraordinaires... Un travail fascinant.
    Gros bisous et bon weekend.

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    1. thank you MARTINE!!! I appreciate your beautiful comment. I enjoy the challenge of getting the likeness in a portrait!!
      I'm so glad you like this painting!!
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend!! hugs.

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  38. What not to love about that adorable face and those glorious colors. Perfection!

    Love the composition too. A real winner!

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    1. thank you CAROL for you beautiful comment...I really appreciate you stopping by.!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  39. This little girl is exquisite, and you are lucky to be the grandmother.
    Sorry, Hilda, She is lucky to be your grandchild!

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    1. thank you SO much SYLVIANE for that lovely comment. You're so sweet to say that!!

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    1. thank you JANINA!! I'm so glad you like it!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  41. Adorable!!! How great that you have such a wonderful model who even knows how to pose. I agree about Dick Blick's. I was there quickly yesterday and wanted to shop for everything.

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    1. thank you so much for your generous comment JOAN!! The grandkids seem to like the attention when I tell them to pose for a photo...I have to take advantage...we never know how long that will be..! Enjoy your weekend!!

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  42. Preciosa expresión, y no me extraña, su arte logra cosas envidiables.
    Tiempo sin pasar por su sitio, pero el aprecio por tu arte permanece inalterable.
    Un abrazo afectuoso, querida Hilda.

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  43. Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario muy generoso, RUBEN...lo agradezco tu visita!!!!
    Un abrazo

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  44. thank you SKIZO!!! Glad you stopped by!!!

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  45. Love the circular composition, Hilda! The curved lines direct the viewer back to that beautiful face.

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    1. thank you so much DEAN ...so glad you like this one...you just made my day.

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  46. Bueno Hilda, ahora ya sé que cuando me tengas que hacer una foto, tengo que ponerme serio!!!! Ja,ja!
    Esta niña está muy guapa seria, tal y como la has retratado. Te felicito.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, JOSH por un comentario muy amable. Mi nieta sabes que a mi no me gusta pintar dientes...Ja..ja. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado esta pintura!
      un abrazo....

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  47. Beautiful Hilda! I love the way you captured her expression. I know exactly what you mean about going to Blick's, too!

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    1. thank you so much THERESA for stopping by and for commenting on Lexi! she was so much fun to paint. Blick's is definitely such a great place to visit..!!!!

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  48. I love love love this Hilda. It has a timeless feel to it.

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    1. thank you so much BARBARA for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate your very generous words. Enjoy the rest of the evening...

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  49. This is enchanting! She could be a storybook girl with that marvelous collar framing her face and expression. Bravo!

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    1. thank you so much MARY for that wonderful comment. I love dance recitals with the colorful costumes they wear now... and when a 5 year old starts to "dance"...its so adorable !!!

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  50. ¡ A mi también me encanta!, lo mismo que a tus 48 comentaristas.
    Wonderful painting Hilada, which is showing your ability for capturing child expressions.

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    1. thank you SO much for that beautiful comment, JULIAN! I appreciate you stopping by!!!! Un abrazo!!!

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  51. adorable expression, love the colors and composition.

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    1. thank you LIANA for stopping by and for your lovely comment!!! I'm so glad you like her!!!

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  52. Lovely blog, consistant work, enjoyed.

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    1. thank you for your visit and for your kind comment!! I appreciate it!!

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  53. Lovely little girl!!! Her expression is priceless! I know what you mean about going to Dick Blick...that is a dangerous store for me!!!

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    1. thank you MARIA for your VERY nice comment. I'm so glad you like her....Dick Blick is a wonderful "hang out" for all of us!!

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  54. Hello Hilda:) This beautiful girl looks like a candy herself to me with the beautiful colors in her dress and bow. Poor child... no laughing:) Such a lovely painting. You did it again!! xx

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    1. thank you so much RENATE for stopping by and for leaving me such a nice comment!! You are too kind!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening.

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  55. Oh she is so sweet. Your portraits have such softness and character.

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  56. Thank you so much ANGELA!!! Glad you like this portrait!!! Enjoy the rest of the night!!

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  57. Thank you so much ANU for your visit...I am well and looking forward to your next piece!!!
    Have a wonderful day!!

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    1. thank you so much CELESTE for stopping by and for that wonderful comment!! Enjoy your weekend!

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  59. Querida amiga cuanto tiempo sin visitarte pero me he puesto al dia y me encanta todo tu trabajo,que realismo son verdaderas preciosidades.Besos.conchi.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, CONCHI por un comentario muy amable..Lo agradezco !!
      un abrazo.

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    1. thank you so much SADEU for stopping by and for you nice comment! Have a nice day!

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    1. thank you JANINA!! I appreciate your generous comment!! Enjoy your weekend!!

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  62. a fantastic portrait of this beautiful girl.You are great Hilda,i love you-))))

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  63. thank you SO much CHRISTA!!! I'm so glad you like her...Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

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  64. Muy bien Hilda...es un retrato maravilloso y consistente,

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  65. Muchisimas gracias, PEPE por tu visita y por tu comentario muy amable.. un abrazo

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  66. Hilda, as everyone says, this is gorgeous. I love the intense color and the gesture. Well done.

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    1. thank you so much JO for stopping by and for leaving me such a wonderful comment..I appreciate it !!

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  67. Wonderful work as ever Hilda.

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    1. thank you so much LAURA for your comment...you just made my day...

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  68. Love her tilted head and expression! Wonderful job! I just visited the candy store this week too.;)

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  69. thank you so much for your visit, CAROL...There is no other place like this candy store..right?
    Glad you like her...

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  70. Linda niña!... un trabajo estupendo, Bravo!

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  71. Muchisimas gracias CARMEN...lo agradezco tu comentario.

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  72. You did it again, Hilda! What a great pose for the composition and the perfect expression! Wonderful portrait!

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  73. thank you ROSEMARY!!! You're so nice to comment on Lexi...I appreciate it!!

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  74. Dear Hilda,
    This work is very charming! Your figurative work is very lovely. Please keep up!!
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  75. thank you so much SADAMI!! Such a nice comment...I appreciate it !!!

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  76. What a treat this morning! This is a lovely painting Hilda. One of my all time favorites. A geat pose and such a sweet, innocent look. I like the sunny colors also! No need for her to smile, I'm doing that just watching her. Hugs :)

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  77. What a sweet comment, HELEN...! thank you for stopping by and commenting on Lexi! You just made my day!! Hugs!

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  78. Wow Hilda..this has to be a new favorite for me...she dazzling..her face and eyes are gorgeous.. and everything about her is exquisite..I especially love the colors she is wearing..she feels like from another time..this is very special!wow!
    Victoria
    PS: I see a few posts i missed and they are amazing!!
    HUgs, you are so talented!
    Victoria

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  79. thank you VICTORIA!!! I had so much fun painting with all those wonderful colors that I normally don't use...Glad you like her...and for your beautiful comment. Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs

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  80. This is adorable, Hilda, you captured a perfect moment beautifully!

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  81. thank you so much CONNIE!! Glad you stopped by and so happy you liked her! Enjoy your weekend!!

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  82. How are you Hilda?
    Thanks for your beautiful words. I'm not commenting your posts but you are,and you make me to feel guilty, you are the only person who comment my posts....yes little busy pregnant with my second kid.
    All your portraits talks The moment. Keep in touch.
    Loving friend
    Anu

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