Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Old woman in knitted hat

I didn't know what to paint for the "moment" ,  so I went to Morguefile.com and found this lady's face that "called" me so I had to paint her..I loved all of her "life" lines that seem to have many stories behind them.  I really like this website,  but they only supply the picture..and I always love to know the story behind the face.  I
loved the vibrant colors in this piece as well...

133 comments:

  1. Muy bueno Hilda, el color, la expresión.. felicidades.
    Un besote

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    1. muchisimas gracias OLGA por tu comentario muy amable! Lo agradezco...

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  2. Oh, Hilda, here face and eyes speak volumes. That's what I love about your paintings, each and everyone gives the viewer a sense of knowing there is a story.
    Excellent work.

    Joan

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    1. thank you so much JOAN for stopping by and for your lovely comment.!!

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  3. Hilda!
    I am thrilled this beautiful face "called" you and I am so very happy you "answered!" I love everything about this wonderful portrait! I especially love the way you rendered the eyes! You are so very, very talented!
    I love looking at your work! Thank you for posting for all to enjoy!
    Your art buddy!
    Michael

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    1. thank you MICHAEL!!! It was such an interesting face that really caught my eye when I visited that site.. I really appreciate your wonderful comment!

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  4. Es muy emotivo, dice muchas cosas la expresión del retrato. Esta genial Hilda.

    Un abrazo

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    1. Gracias ROSA por un comentario muy amable..Lo agradezco tu visita!!

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  5. It is so beautiful it is obvious self congratulations hugs Danielle

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

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  6. Hi Hilda.
    I could understand why this face called to you. She has such love and life carved into her features. You did a fantastic job!!!!!

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    1. thank you KATHRYN for your visit and for such a wonderful comment!!! Enjoy the rest of the day!!

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  7. This head is mezmerizing. It caught my eye and just held it there. Beautiful work Hilda.

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    1. thank you so much LINDA for your very generous comment! I appreciate it so much.

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  8. Wow, beautiful portrait Hilda. What a great eye you have to capture such a likeness. Wow.

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    1. thank you SO much JANET! I appreciate your comment!! Have a wonderful day..

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  9. You are getting better and better with each piece, Hilda! This is really wonderful.

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    1. thank you SO much DIANA for such a nice comment... I'm so glad you like her!!

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  10. SO beautifully done Hilda! I really love her character. :)

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    1. thank you so much CRYSTAL! I'm so glad you like this portrait..!

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    1. thank you so much MYRA!!! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment..

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  12. Stunning! Well, love to know her real story but you are such an articulate artist, you brought out a character in the portrait through her eyes, so I am ale to make my own story of her :-)

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    1. thank you so much PADMAJA for your very generous comment...you made my day!!

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  13. What a beautiful portrait, Hilda! It makes me curious about her life story.

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    1. thank you so much JUDY!! I as well wonder about her life story...I'm so glad you like this portrait.

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  14. What a fantastic portrait Hilda, you really made this face come alive ! The skin tone is perfect and those piercing eyes are spot on |

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    1. thank you JANE for stopping by and for your lovely comment! I appreciate it SO much.! Enjoy your day.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias AURORA por tu comentario muy generoso!!!

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  16. She has that light of life in her beautiful eyes. Beautiful piece, Hilda!

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    1. thank you so much SHERRY! You just made my day!! Enjoy the rest of the day.

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  17. Hilda I am ASTOUNDED by this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Really - I can hardly believe it's a painting!!! Wow, wow, WOW!! Honestly, I know I'm going on a bit, but really, this is incredible work! :0)

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    1. What a nice comment, SANDRA! I'm SO glad you like this portrait. You just made my day!! thank you!

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  18. You captured her very beautifully

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    1. Thank you SO much PAGE! I appreciate your very nice comment...Enjoy your day!

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  19. A face that speaks, eyes looking intensely ... a beautiful and unusual portrait where inner beauty is celebrated by you, dear Hilda, in a SUPERB way!

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    1. Thank you RITA for such a nice comment. I seem to enjoy painting the "older" people where they have such interesting faces...Soon I'll be able to do a self-portrait. LOL Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  20. Hilda, sei una grande ritrattista come dimostra questo splendido lavoro. Incredibile come hai colto l'espressione di questo volto. Un abbraccio.

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    1. thank you so much TITO...you just made my day with your comment! I'm glad you like her.

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  21. Wonderful face with well earned life lines. Beautiful pastel colors.

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by JILL and for your wonderful comment..I appreciate it! Enjoy your day!

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  22. I really like your color palette here. Wonderful flesh tones.

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    1. thank you SHIRLEY for stopping by and for your comment..I enjoyed painting her and glad you liked her.

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  23. A wonderful portrait, Hilda! I love the "story lines" in her face and the life in her eyes.

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    1. thank you so much DEAN! I appreciate your wonderful comment...Enjoy the rest of the day...

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  24. Magnifico retrato. Me gustan los retratos de gente mayor por toda la vida que se refleja en ellos.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, TINA por tu visita y tu comentario muy generoso!! Un abrazo.

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  25. Dear Hilda! that face pops out from the paper, and it's very expressive. Wonderful.

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    1. thank you so much CHRISTABEL for your lovely comment. I truly enjoyed painting this lady...and glad you liked her!

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  26. Un rostro luminoso, ha logrado captar algo indefinido, recuerdos, imágenes cruzando por la mente de esta mujer anciana, una obra con alma (que es lo que mas me interesa en el arte)
    También hay que destacar la paciente definición del gorro de lana.
    Felicitaciones estimada Hilda.

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  27. Muchisimas gracias, RUBEN por un comentario muy amable! Lo agradezco tu visita. un abrazo.

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  28. yes...it would be great to know her story. She is a good looking old person! I love her eyes. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much CELESTE!!! I appreciate you stopping by and for your VERY nice comment.

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  29. Ciao Hilda,
    sono sparita per un po' e ti ritrovo con il tuo bello stile di sempre, profondo e commovente.
    Sai sempre cogliere attraverso i visi con i colori scuri e le atmosfere anche drammatiche spezzoni di vita difficili da descrivere a parole!
    Ciao, abbracci, Floriana

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    1. You're so kind FLORIANA!! I appreciate your beautiful words. I'm so glad you liked her..! hugs..

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  30. Beautifully painted, Hilda. You have captured the sacrifice and difficult life I am sure this woman has endured.

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    1. thank you so much CAROL!! Her face was full of emotion and I really hope I captured it..Enjoy the rest of this day!!

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  31. Her life is in her eyes which you captured so beautifully. I would love to listen to her stories.
    Another wonderful painting, Hilda.

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    1. thank you so much JULIE for stopping by and commenting on my portrait. I would love to listen to her stories...I know she would have some interesting ones.
      Glad you like her!!

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  32. She is gorgeous!I love the way you rendered her knitted scarf...as for the story, you could always weave one ;)

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    1. thank you ARTI..I'm so glad you like this portrait....I love your last portrait..you did such a wonderful job!

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  33. This is so great, I love her skin tones and of course that hat, you did good!

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    1. Thank you SO much BARBARA! I appreciate your nice comment!! Enjoy your day!!

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  34. My goodness, Hilda you really have struck a rich vein of brilliance and this woman's face is no exception. You certainly bring out her character as much as you capture the likeness.

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  35. thank you so much JOHN! You're so kind. I enjoyed painting this lady ..Older people are so interesting to paint...lots of personality in their faces...glad you liked her.

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  36. You have captured her life in a beautiful way. It's shame that the woman in your portrait can't see herself. Your work is amazing!

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    1. thank you SO much LINDA for stopping by and commenting! You just made my day!

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  37. Hello Hilda:) You are a specialist in pastel portraits! This woman is so beautiful. Her face is so lovely. You did a great job on it! I also love the website of morguefile, although I didn't used it yet but I will sooner or later. Take care and have a nice day! Hugs:)xx

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    1. thank you RENATE for your lovely comment.
      You're so kind!!! Hugs!!

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  38. You have created a portrait that definitely calls out to viewers in this excellent portrayal. Her eyes are speaking directly to us with life and that's no small feat!

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    1. thank you so much MARY! I enjoyed painting her and so glad you like it!
      Enjoy your day!!

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  39. She is lovely. What a wonderful face! Those eyes have a story to tell, I'm sure of it.

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    1. thank you CATHY for stopping by and commenting..I'm glad you like her!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...!

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    1. thank you SO much DIANE!!! I appreciate your very nice comment!!!

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  41. Hilda, this is exceptional! I would have thought that you knew this lady because of the masterful way you have painted her.

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    1. thank you so much CLAIRE for your very generous comment! I wish I had taken the photo myself! I'm glad you like her !

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  42. Es fantástico este retrato, me encanta la expresión que le has sacado, muy dulce.. felicidades Hilda, un abrazo!

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    1. Lo agradezco tu visita, MARI! y muy contenta que te gusta!!! un abrazo.

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  43. I love this! The softness and expression that you achieve is unparalleled! Wow! I wish you could stand over my shoulder as I work on this portrait commission I'm struggling with today!

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    1. Such a beautiful comment, KATHERINE and I appreciate it! I truly don't think you need me...not with your amazing talent.
      I look forward to seeing your portrait..I know its going to be another winner!! Enjoy this wonderful day.

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  44. Wonderful Hilda, just amazingly penetrating eyes! beautifully done. and thanks for the link to the photos!

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    1. thank you so much SUZANNE for stopping by and commenting..I appreciate it. and glad you liked her ! They have so many wonderful photos in morguefile.com and its nice to browse when you want something different to paint..enjoy this lovely day!

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  45. Just excellent, Hilda. You've captured her life in your telling, lovely portrait. Wouldn't it be wonderful to talk to her and find out about her life experiences. Love those beautiful blue eyes.

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  46. thank you so much CAROL! I'm so glad you like this portrait...she had so much emotion in her face...well! I needed to paint her! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  47. This is a face that must have many stories. You did a great job on her!!! I'm going to scroll down and see what else I missed while I was in Ireland. I'm slowly catching up on everything.

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  48. Joan, I know you had an incredible time in Ireland!!...glad to see you're home !! and glad you liked my portrait!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  49. Hers is a beautiful, intriguing face with-a-story...and you gave her great honor. I think I need to look up this site you mentioned! ps: I love the picture below of you and your grand daughter! thanks for sharing:-)

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  50. I'm so glad you like this painting, MINNEMIE! I enjoyed painting her! and glad you saw my previous photo of Bianca and myself!! Now you know who you're blogging with...LOL

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  51. Wonderful!! What realism. Perfect Hilda. Best regards

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  52. thank you SO much EVA! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

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  53. You are able to say so much through your portraits, Hilda. Beautiful job. Thanks for the info on morguefile...it's a great site.

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    1. thank you so much PAT for visiting and for your wonderful comment! I'm glad you like morguefile.com....I find it has a picture for everyone.

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  54. I was in Barnes and Noble last night and looking at a little hardback book called Portraits. It was all photography from around the world and it was beautiful. Your gorgeous portrait lady here makes me think of the book. it could easy be one from it. Very nice work Hilda. Your control over pastels always amazes me.

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    1. Such a nice comment, LISA!!! I appreciate your visit. I would love to see that book as well..I like morguefile since they give us permission to use their photos...most of the time, I do like to take my own photos but unfortunately I don't take such clear photos that you need for a portrait.

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  55. It was this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Portraits-Steve-McCurry/dp/071483839X

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  56. This is a face with true genuine beauty - she has no need for silly plastic surgery!

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    1. Isn't that the truth, JERRY! Her face truly called me...Lots of Character!
      I enjoyed painting her. Glad you stopped by to comment!!

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  57. Hi Hilda.
    An amazing portrait Hilda. You are a first class portrait painter my friend. It is always lovely to see your work. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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  58. thank you SO much VIC for stopping by and for your very generous comment! I'm glad you like her and you just put a smile to my face. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  59. Your portraits are amazing!She has a beautiful face with so much expression. I love how the texture of her hat compliments her eyes.

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    1. such a nice comment, CELIA! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  60. Dear Hilda,
    Your pastel portraits are always awesome that tell stories. I love making old people's portraits that have "histories" like this lady.
    Warm regards, Sadami

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    1. thank you so much SADAMI for stopping by.
      I appreciate it! I enjoy painting the older people ...they have many wonderful
      life lines that make a painting even more interesting!! A self-portrait soon? LOL

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    1. thank you so much ASHOK for your lovely comment! Enjoy the rest of this day!!

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  62. Beautiful, Hilda, and so REAL! I feel as if she is going to say something to me - and, as always, perfect skin, which is tough to do with pastels, I think!

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  63. thank you so much CONNIE for your very generous comment. I feel the same way when I see you work with oil pastels! Have a wonderful day!

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  64. What a wonderfully expressive portrait - I can see why you were compelled to paint her!

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    1. thank you SUSAN for stopping by to comment! I definitely enjoyed painting her!! Glad you liked her!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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  65. You've brought her to life, Hilda! Her story shows in the lines of her face and the blue of her eyes. Tough life maybe, but productive. You've said all that and more with your brushes.

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    1. thank you so much HELEN!! I'm SO happy you like her...she was such a pleasure to paint and hopefully I will find another subject like her. Have a wonderful day!

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  66. You've captured such a strong sense of personality in this painting. Her eyes are amazing!

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    1. thank you so much NANCY!!! You just made my day! Glad you like this portrait.

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  67. Hola Hilda: ¡¡Que magnifico retrato!! Una cara de mujer angelical, que a través de los años conservó su encanto. Felicitaciones, eres una maestra del pastel!!! Abrazos

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  68. Muchisimas gracias!!. Un comentario muy generoso, MERCEDES! Lo agradezco tu visita...un abrazo

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  69. Absolutely beautiful..she is so soulful..such spiritual eyes and expression! Your talent is outstanding...amazing work! Always a joy to visit you and your beautiful art!!
    Victoria

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  70. I'm SO happy you like her VICTORIA..you're so kind!! thank you for stopping by to comment on her. Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  71. beautiful painting - morguefile is great for finding character portraits and I can see why you were drawn to this one - you've done an amazing job!

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  72. thank you so much SHARON. I'm glad you stopped by ..you made my day with your very generous comment!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  73. What a beautiful portrait, I love the way you painted her. You really captured her expression and spirit.

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    1. thank you SO much THERESA!! You just made me smile...I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  74. Beautiful portrait, you are so good at them, it would be wonderful to see even more!

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  75. thank you so much DIANA! I do love painting portraits! probably more than anything else..
    I'm so glad you like this one!!

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  76. Wow her eyes speak volumes. I too wonder what they have seen.

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  77. thank you so much ANGELA for your comment!
    I enjoyed painting this portrait and glad you liked it..

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  78. Hi Hilda
    Sorry was on holiday for a few weeks and missed lots of Blog Posts.
    I recognise this lady. I drew her in CPS back in 2007/8 and she won me a Reserve Best in Show award at the UKCPS exhibition in 2008. The picture is on the right side of my Home Page on my Blog.

    Like you I was drawn to the character in her face.

    At that time the UKCPS permitted drawings based on photos taken by other other people (with permission). Now all ref. photos must be taken by the artist so I don't visit Morgue. file so often.

    Love your rendition of this lovely lady.

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  79. thank you so much SUE for your wonderful comment. I appreciate you stopping by. I was told by Morguefile.com that we can take the photos...but we can't take the photo and sell it...and like you said now we can't show it in shows....I need to make friends with a photographer!!! LOL I will be stopping by your blog to see the painting!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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