Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ted DeGrazia -1909-1982

Ted DeGrazia became one of Arizona's most prominent
painters.  He lived most of his life near Tucson and worked in his studio that he called "Gallery in the Sun".  This is where I visited his work.  He's known around the World for capturing the spirit of the Southwest and its people.  I fell in love with his face and needed to paint him in pastels.. 

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  1. Wow Hilda...his eye just captivated me! I expected him to open it and speak to me. Beautiful work dear one!

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    1. thank you for stopping by TRUDY and for your very generous comment!!! enjoy the rest of the evening...

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  2. FABULOUS!!! Hilda, you have created a magnificent portrait!!! It is so apparent you felt the call, the need, to paint him.

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    1. thank you KATHRYN for stopping by!!
      Sometimes that "certain" face does call me.
      enjoy your Evening...

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  3. You are so good with capturing mood and personality! Just beautiful as always,

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    1. You're so kind MARY! I appreciate your very generous comment... Glad you stopped by!

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  4. Wow wow what a beautiful portrait Hilda there is such a warm look in great hugs Danielle

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

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  5. He would be in awe in front of this portrait, fabulous ! The skin color is so real...and the beard is wow, wow, wow !

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by JANE. I really enjoyed painting him.. I'm so glad you like him.

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  6. wow! the beard is so real! this portrait is brilliant Hilda, i love it!

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    1. thank you MARI for such a nice comment!
      I hope to see some photos soon of your beautiful daughter....

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  7. You have painted him so lovingly and with great details. I particularly love the beard and his expression. I think he would be honored to see this, Hilda.

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    1. thank you CELIA..I'm so glad you like this portrait of Ted Degrazia! I truly enjoyed painting this man. Enjoy the rest of the evening..

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  8. Es un retrato muy bueno. Te felicito.

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    1. Gracias TINA por tu comentario muy amable. Lo agradezco...un abrazo..

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  9. Buen trabajo Hilda. Felicidades. un abrazo

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    1. Muchisimas gracias OLGA por tu visita y tu comentario...Lo agradezco.. Un abrazo...

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  10. Una nueva muestra de tu maestría con el retrato, Hilda. Mi enhorabuena.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias ANTONIO por tu comentario muy amable...Lo agradezco tu visita!! Un abrazo

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  11. Cara Hilda,un ritratto veramente molto bello ! Sembra vivere e respirare...Sei bravissima! Abbracci,Rita!

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    1. thank you RITA for your lovely comment.. You're so kind...and I appreciate your visit!!
      hugs...

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  12. I remember his paintings of little indians girls. Such a joyful and fun painter. You're rendered him so well, Hilda. Bravo!

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    1. thank you so much HELEN for stopping by. I enjoyed painting this man...he had such an interesting face. I'm glad you stopped by. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

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  13. He may look up anytime soon, so real! It is an honor to you the recreate the creator :-))

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    1. thank you PADMAJA for your very generous comment... I really enjoyed painting this Artist and so happy you liked him...

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    1. thank you so much SHERRY for your very generous comment!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  15. Everything about this great portrait is absolutely "right on", Hilda!!!!

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    1. thank you DEAN for stopping by .. I appreciate your nice comment! You just made my day!

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  16. Oh yes he definitely wanted to be painted. Lovely and to echo the group WOW. The complexion is wonderful and both hair and beard so realistic. This definitely was a trip that spoke volumes to you and boy did you connect. How did you get the beard so fantastic? Skin tone first and beard. Just a wonderful piece.

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    1. thank you NELVIA for stopping by!! I always have fun painting beards...darks and lights on the skin then slowly painting the beard in.. I'm so happy you liked this portrait.

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  17. Gosh - I can almost feel his wirey beard! How do you do that??? It's fantastic! :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA for such a nice comment. I really enjoy the beards.. not on my husband, though..LOL It's so much fun to paint. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  18. Wow, Hilda. This painting is spot on! A monochromatic painting which shows texture, detail, composition, interest, emotion.....again, WOW!

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    1. I'm SO glad you like this painting, PAT!!!
      You just made my day... Hope you have a nice Evening..

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  19. Lovely skin tones, Hilda!!! This is lovely!

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    1. thank you JOAN...!! You're so kind...Enjoy the rest of the Evening, my friend....

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  20. The outstanding skin tones are what caught my eye too. superb portrait Hilda.

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    1. Thank you so much LINDA! You just made me so happy with your comment. I hope you're feeling well!!!

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  21. Your lighting on the face captures his strong features beautifully, but I think you did an outstanding job on his ear and then when i look at your technique in his beard it amazes me. Your blog is always inspiring to visit.

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    1. What a nice comment, JULIE. Thank you so much for visiting... I appreciate it!!! Enjoy this lovely day.

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  22. I tuoi ritratti sono sempre di una bellezza assoluta, Hilda. E' un vero piacere passare di qui ed ammirare i tuoi lavori, una festa per i miei occhi. Un abbraccio.

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    1. You always give me such a nice comment, TITO... Your comment truly put a smile to my face... thank you.! Have a wonderful day.

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  23. Fantástico Hilda es un retrato maravilloso

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    1. Muchisimas gracias PEPE por un comentario muy amable...Lo agradezco tu palabras.
      un abrazo!

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  24. This is an awesome portrait. What a great tribute to this artist! I especially love the contrast in the skin tones you created and the way you did the beard. Wow!

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  25. thank you so much KATHERINE! I appreciate your very generous comment. I did enjoy painting his beard... I never realized how many colors goes into painting a beard... Have a wonderful day!

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  26. Hi, Hilda, your portraits are always lovely. For me, technically, a very interesting approach with pastel. Your work captures the depth of a model's inner world. Congrats.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. thank you so much SADAMI for stopping by.. I really appreciate you very kind words. I do enjoy pastels.. I have tried to do a portrait in oils and it was not good at all...but try...try..again!!
      enjoy the rest of the evening...

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  27. Once again just wonderful skin tones and that beard is amazing . I feel like I say the same thing about your portraits each time, they are always just beautiful. I guess I don't complement the beard each time, lol

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    1. You are so kind, BARBARA!! You just made my day with your comment! I enjoyed painting him very much! Enjoy your weekend..

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  28. Excellent work Hilda!! Wow! this really has so much feeling to it! i absolutely LOVE it! Beautifully done!!!

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    1. thank you so much for such a nice comment, SUZANNE. It's such a pleasure to paint when you have a good subject...

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  29. I can see why you fell in love with that face, so much character, so much sensitivity!

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    1. thank you SHIRLEY....he really had that face that had to be painted....I'm glad you liked it.
      Enjoy this beautiful day.

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  30. all of your portraits are beautiful and stunning!

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    1. thank you SO much MYRA for stopping by to comment... I need to see what you've been up to... Enjoy your day!!!

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  31. Hilda, this portrait is stunning. All of your work as gone up to another level. Love the photo of you and your granddaughter.

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    1. Such a nice comment, LIANA...thank you so much!!! and I appreciate your nice comment about me and my granddaughter..we had such a wonderful day at the Communion...Enjoy the rest of the day.

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  32. Hilda! He captured the spirit of the Southwest and you certainly captured his spirit! You are one very, very talented artist! Your work is amazing! I am almost speechless! Bravo my dear art buddy! Keep on making great portraits and more great art! You are rocking the art world Hilda! Beautiful! Very beautiful!
    Take care!
    Your art friend!
    Michael

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    1. MICHAEL, you always make my day with your comment. thank you so much!! Have a wonderful day.

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  33. Amazing work as always Hilda. I love the 'finish' you create with all your work - gives a delightful fluid feel.

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    1. thank you so much JERRY!! I'm glad you like this portrait...enjoy the rest of the day...

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  34. it's a lovely pose....and you captured what certainly had to be his introspective qualities. Very beautifully done!

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    1. thank you so much CELESTE. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment. Happy painting...

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  35. Hi Hilda.
    Your portraits of Bree and the last two are outstanding my friend, my favourite is of Bree. It was hard to decide which one because they are all first class.Portraits, I might add, as always. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you so much VIC! You just made my day. I liked the portrait of Bree as well. She's a sweet little girl... Have a wonderful day.

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  36. It looked so real, it is unbelievable and a wonderful portrait!

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    1. thank you SO much MARIE for stopping by and for your lovely comment!!! I appreciate it!!
      Enjoy the rest of your week....

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  37. Another beautiful portrait! You captured a sensitivity about him that says he is an artist.

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    1. Thank you so much LESLIE...you're so kind.
      I appreciate you stopping by!!!! Have a wonderful day.

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    1. thank you GIANCARLO for stopping by. I appreciate it so much!! Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  39. Incredible Hilda! I can see why you wanted to paint him. You did a wonderful job. Beautiful!

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  40. thank you CATHY for your very generous comment...I really appreciate it and glad you like it. Enjoy the rest of the week!!!...

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  41. Bonjour ma chère amie,

    Comment est-ce possible d'avoir manqué autant de vos merveilleux billets ?
    Il est vrai que depuis la venue de Icarus mon cher dalmatien dans ma vie, j'ai du mal avec la pendule ! Il absorbe tout mon temps, ma patience !!... Je me promène de longues heures avec lui chaque jour... Il a du mal à vouloir rester seul, sans moi ! Une véritable pot de colle !!... Mais je l'aime tant que je lui pardonne !
    Me pardonnerez-vous pour ma négligence ?...
    J'ai toutefois fait un petit retour en arrière et j'y ai découvert des petites merveilles. Dans chacun des portraits que vous saisissez avec une aisance incroyable on retrouve la douceur de vos traits et votre sensibilité. Votre talent est grand.
    Vous aviez si habilement capturé le regard de mon cher petit Nathan qui va avoir 3 ans déjà ce 25 novembre prochain ! Un petit frère est annoncé pour le 29 décembre...
    Mon autre fille Daphné attend aussi un heureux événement pour ce 7 novembre...
    Vous comprenez que je sois en pleine effervescence ces temps-ci !
    Je termine en vous embrassant très fort et je m'en retourne admirer à nouveau vos oeuvres.
    Bisous

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    1. Thank you so much MARTINE for making my day. I appreciate you stopping over to comment.. How wonderful that Nathan will be the "big brother" soon.. and also that your other daughter is having a baby very soon.. You will be so busy with your new growing family!! Congratulations again!!! Have a wonderful week...

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  42. Your value changes are excellent as always and makes for another striking portrait! And that beard... only you could handle it so beautifully.

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    1. Such a nice comment, MINNEMIE! Thank you so much for stopping by... I appreciate it.!
      Have a wonderful day!!!

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    1. Thank you so much M.R. for stopping by and for your generous comment. I really appreciate it.!

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  44. I can see why you wanted to paint him. What a beautiful man and a beautiful painting Hilda. I just love brown earthy tones like this. His hair and beard are excellent!

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    1. thank you so much LISA!! You're so kind and I'm glad you like him.. Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  45. Oh My Gosh, Hilda! The hair is amazing and the beard!! I just keep looking at this one - Fabulous! Perfect palette for this portrait!

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    1. Thank you ROSEMARY! You just made me so happy with your comment...I appreciate you stopping by!

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    1. thank you so much KAREN! I appreciate you stopping by to comment!! I'm glad you like him....

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  47. Beautiful, Hilda, and so realistic - well done!

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    1. thank you CONNIE for such a nice comment!
      I enjoyed painting this man... he is on exhibit right now in Rockville Center Library. He really had "that" face we all love to paint...!
      Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day.

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  48. A friend of mine recently visited his studio as you did and enjoyed it very much. This painting you did of him is marvelous! The skin tones are perfect and the skin just glows. Love how you did the hair and the beard. The detail work you do is always perfection!

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    1. thank you CAROL for such a generous comment. He has such an interesting studio..
      I particularly like his paintings of little children.. all unique and colorful... I truly enjoyed painting this portrait...his face called and I answered!! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  49. What a beautiful portrait, Hilda. The lighting is wonderful and such amazing detail!

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  50. thank you THERESA!!!... Glad you stopped by to comment and glad you like this portrait!!!!!

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  51. I looks like you are working hard and having fun with the pastels, Hilda. Keep up the good work!

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    1. I really do like pastels but I've been working on oils lately, and enjoy it "almost as much"..lol..I'm glad you like this portrait, DIANA ..Your comment means a lot to me.!
      Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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    1. thank you CORN DENA for your visit!

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  53. Lovely portrait! He looks so self-contained and absorbed in a task . . . possibly mixing colors on a palette?

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    1. Thank you so much LORRAINE for stopping by and commenting on my portrait! His pose does make you think of what he was thinking about, right? Enjoy the rest of the week...

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  54. This is a really nice portrait. Your work is beautiful Hilda

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    1. thank you so much PAGE. I appreciate your visit and your very generous comment..!
      Enjoy the rest of the Evening.

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  55. Hi Hilda.
    What can I say but fantastic. And I might add, as usual. another winner my friend. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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    1. You're so kind, VIC! I appreciate you stopping by to comment. I'm so glad you like him.!!

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  56. Hello Hilda:) Wow!! Since I do pastel a little, I know what kind of great job you did. Is his skin really that soft? Your colors are so beautiful and realistic. My biggest compliments. A beautiful portret! hugs:)xxx

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    1. thank you RENATE for stopping by to comment! His skin was very smooth in the reference picture...I enjoyed painted him so much...I loved his beard!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  57. What a mesmerizing portrait you have painted! I have not heard of this painter but after seeing his sensitive face and reading your words, I am off to Google him!

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    1. thank you so much SUSAN...I'm glad you like this portrait and you'll find his life so interesting when you google him...Have a wonderful Evening....

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  58. What a wonderful portrait and story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you ANGELA for stopping by to comment...I'm glad you like him....Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!!

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  59. Hilda, eres toda una maestra del retrato, es precioso y muy emotivo. Le deseo una buena semana.

    Un fuerte abrazo

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  60. Muchisimas gracias, ROSA por tu visita y tu comentario muy amable!
    Un abrazo!!

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  61. Wonderful portrait Hilda, great work. I will thank you for your very loaltyl and kind comments on my blog.
    Lovely greet
    Marja

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    1. thank you MARJA for stopping by to comment. I appreciate your very kind comment. Your recent stamps are very unique. Nice work! Enjoy the rest of the evening.....

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  62. I love his face as well Hilda! You did a very fine portait of him, I'm sure he'd be pleased. You've accomplished so much on your blog since I last visited. So many gorgeous portraits. You have a real talent!

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    1. thank you so much CLAIRE for such a nice comment. I really appreciate you stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  63. Hilda, another wonderful portrait. Your work is truly outstanding. I can't say I favor one over the other they are all so beautifully painted. But more than that, your capture the personality of the people you have painted. You are truly a gifted artist.

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    1. You are so kind, JOAN! I'm so glad you stopped by to comment. I'm still so upset that I missed your show! Next year!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  64. This is such a poignantly beautiful portrait, Hilda - and such a wonderful tribute to this artist. What I love most about this is his pensive expression. Beautifully done.

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    1. thank you CLAIRE!! Such a nice comment. I really liked his expression and loved that his head was tilting downward. I'm glad you stopped by!! Enjoy your weekend...

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  65. You outdid yourself on this one, Hilda. Just a stunning piece!

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by CAROL! and thank you for leaving me such a nice comment.!! I really enjoyed painting this man... Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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