Thursday, July 3, 2014

Somebody's grandchild

The reference photo was of my granddaughter.
However, when I finished this pastel portrait I realized how much it doesn't look like her !  But since I like the portrait, I will show you before I throw it out.  I usually know what I did wrong.. this time I can't figure it out!!  I guess I'm a little frustrated.   Maybe I'll pull it apart and fix it OR start over...hmmmm

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  1. Sometimes when I have a painting where I just can't figure out what's not working, I set it aside for a week or so and then it jumps right out at me. Try that.

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    1. Yes, you're right PAM I should've walked away.... I will put it aside and look at it another day to see if it can be fixed. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Uh-oh, Hilda, you are starting to sound like me!!! :)
    The proportions are perfect, as are the colors. Before you trash it [I wish you wouldn't] try deepening the values, giving it more depth ... ???
    Kathryn XX

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    1. I set it aside for now and will look at it again another day... it's terrible not knowing what's wrong. I showed it to my daughter and she says ..it's not her...usually I see it right away!
      I won't give up on it...

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  3. I agree with Pam. Don't throw it out!! I think it is beautiful!

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    1. thank you LINDA! I will put it away and look at it again another day...maybe I'll figure it out!
      Have a nice day!

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  4. Querida Hilda, cuando realizas un retrato nunca sueles estar satisfecha, tienes la foto en la mente y la pintura es otra cosa. Pero este retrato me parece precioso, es para estar más que satisfecha. Ah y por supuesto tu nieta es guapísima
    Besos

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, AURORA por tu comentario. Tu eres muy amable. Voy ha ver si puedo arreglar lo...

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  5. By seeing this painting, I know your granddaughter is even more beautiful in person. It is a challenge to paint the people we know so well. I find it hard to believe you want to throw this away, it is a wonderful work of art! The skin tones, hair, eyes, expression are incredible. You are such a talented portrait artist Hilda!

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    1. thank you CELIA! I was angry at myself when I said I would throw it away... I put it away right now until I can figure out what I did wrong... Glad you stopped by!!

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  6. She was destined to come alive through your hands and she is so beautiful , hope you will keep her!

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    1. Thank you so much PADMAJA for such a kind comment. I will keep her and try to fix her so she can look younger!! Glad you stopped by!

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  7. Sea como fuere, Hilda, el resultado artístico es muy bueno, con una delicada textura y expresión. Me gusta. Mi felicitación.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, ANTONIO por un comentario MUY generoso...lo agradezco.!
      un saludo

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  8. I think she is beautiful too, Hilda! My computer seemed to load this image from the top down. If yours does the same, maybe you can figure it out pixelated row by row. Nevertheless, you should keep it because she is beautiful indeed!!

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    1. thank you SHERRY! I will keep it and look at it again at another time...Maybe I'll be able to see what I did and fix it. Glad you stopped by!!

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  9. Espectacular, tanto la expresión como el color de la piel. Un gran trabajo, Hilda.
    Un beso

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, OLGA por tu visita y tu comentario muy amable..lo agradezco.!
      un abrazo!

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  10. Hilda, it is a beautiful portrait. What age is she? I'm wondering if you have her skin too smooth for her age and no laugh lines or "lifelines" as I call them. It's a beautiful air brushed look. Reminds me of the "Breck" shampoo girl photos they used to have in magazines. Do you remember seeing them?

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    1. Hi CAROL! My granddaughter is 16 but the likeness is off by a "few years"...I think her nose is wrong as well! yikkes..
      I do remember all the breck's commercial..!!
      Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!

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  11. It is a lovely portrait. I am always amazed by your skin tones. I think it is hard to capture the people we know...we want their spirit as well as the likeness. Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thank you so much JOAN for your visit and your very kind comment! I find it very challenging to get the likeness in the people we know...you're right!! I will try and fix it at another time.
      Hope you had a wonderful 4th!!

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  12. Hi! It's frustrating when the likeness eludes us, or we get it right, and then lose it again. This happens to me, and as already has been said, it's a good idea to
    clear your mind and vision for a while. I set mine aside, and return after several weeks. I'm sure you have already tried looking at it through a mirror! Anyway please don't distroy your painting, because it's very well done, and the young lady looks beautiful.
    Good luck, and a Happy 4th of July.
    Warm regards.

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    1. thank you Debbie. I will set it aside for awhile and look at it again with fresh eyes! It will be a learning experience ... I'm glad you stopped by to comment! Enjoy your day!

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  13. It is a wonderful piece of art, even if it doesn't hit the mark as far as resemblance.

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    1. thank you CELESTE! you just made my day!

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  14. Hilda no se si guarda parecido con la fotografia, pero has hecho un buen retrato con una expresion dulce y unos ojos preciosos.

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    1. Lo agradezco tu visita, TINA! Tu eres MUY amable!!!
      un abrazo!

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  15. Hi Hilda, sell it as an image of a lovely lady...she need not be someone, and can belong to history or to a novel! Yes, I agree with Celeste!

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    1. Thank you for that very generous comment, MARIE! If I can't fix it I will keep it ! Glad you stopped by ...

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  16. I hope you don't toss this one aside; I think it is beautiful. Your color harmony is wonderful, and those flesh tones...oh, my! It's lovely, Hilda!

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    1. thank you so much DARLA..you just put a smile to my face. I do like the portrait and would hate to throw it away without trying to fix it first.

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  17. Wow Hilda, cuanta sensibilidad y belleza. Sabes reflejar siempre en el rostro una gran serenidad. Felicidades es un retrato maravilloso. Warm regards

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    1. Muchisimas gracias EVA por tu comentario. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado este retrato. un abrazo!!!

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  18. this is most definitely a beautiful painting!!!

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    1. You're SO kind MYRA! Glad you liked this portrait....!!!

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  19. Hilda - I hope you don't throw this painting away - it's just lovely, even if you don't feel it has the resemblance you're seeking. It's a breathtaking painting in its own right and you can always redo it.

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    1. You just made me so happy, CONNIE. If I can't fix it .. I can try again with another photo I have of her. I'm glad you stopped by to comment!!!

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  20. Maybe it's the ever so slight turn of her head? That's what has been troubling my likeness of Johnny Depp I discovered it yesterday

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    1. thank you for stopping by LINDA! You're SO right...it might be that little detail that can change the portrait. Now that I'm looking at it her nose is a bit long and it throws the portrait off ...I'm setting it aside!!!

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  21. No! Please don't throw it out!! Don't throw anything out!
    Hilda, this painting is beautiful!
    Get another canvas to start over! Por favor!
    I am wondering if sometimes a work of art is more important than a likeness! You are so very talented I can't imagine throwing away anything you have painted!
    Take care my friend!
    Michael

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    1. Unfortunately I was really angry at myself when I said I would throw it out..lol I "will" hold on to it for awhile then I'll go back and see what I did wrong. It's definitely off and right now I can't see what's wrong...and since I do like the portrait I'll keep it. thank you again for your comment, MICHAEL!!

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  22. Hola Hilda: Una obra brillante como todos tus trabajos. Felicitaciones!!! Un abrazo

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  23. Muchisimas gracias, MERCEDES!!! Tu eres muy amable con tu comentario...lo agradezco!!
    un abrazo...

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  24. It's a beautiful portrait and I'm glad you aren't going to throw it out!

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  25. Thank you so much THERESA! I value your comment.
    I will try to figure it out ....I love the challenge...
    Have a nice evening!

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  26. Wait...give it a few days...you can recycle into a mixed media work...I love the mood created (pensive, perhaps). Be kind to yourself...perfection is not art. Blessings, t

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    1. thank you TRUDY for your visit and your comment!! I hope you are well...glad you stopped by!

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  27. I wonder why when we know someone so well (it happened to me trying to paint the faces of my granddaughters recently) it's hard to be happy.
      Something is missing, perhaps the vitality and uniqueness that we know so deeply ... while painting the faces of people less well known, it is possible to remain quiet on objective factors .... Seen from me( I do not know your granddaughter...) it seems beautiful portrait of a face serene and harmonious, a little 'away from things, such as turned towards one's inner self.
    Do not throw away, please, dear Hilda! Wait!!!

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    1. You're so right RITA.... I should have waited until I knew the drawing was correct. Trying to get the likeness in a family member isn't easy.
      I won't throw it away...I put it aside to see if I can see it with fresh eyes at another day!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  28. It really looks beautiful, Hilda!
    To spot what's wrong, reverse the painting and original images on your image editor...and/or flip them upside down.

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    1. I never even thought to flip the painting upside down..thank you DEAN. Glad you stopped by to comment. Enjoy the rest of the day....

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  29. It really looks beautiful, Hilda, but I know the frustration when a portrait does not exactly resemble, me being a novice at portraits. Start a new one, but don't throw this one away please, it is too beautiful, Hilda!

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    1. thank you so much JUDY for your comment! I would love to start a new one... I'm not sure if I'll use the same reference photo...it might come out the same..lol Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  30. Well it's a beautiful portrait Hilda. Nothing harder than painting a portrait, one tiny change can make such a difference.

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    1. Thank you so much BARBARA for stopping by and commenting... it's so true... that little change can make a difference.. so it's set aside for awhile until I see where I went wrong!! Have a wonderful day.

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  31. This is very beautiful and beautifully done!! Don't throw it out yet...live with it awhile or turn it to the wall. When you see it again in a couple weeks, you will see it in a fresh way(love the title in view of your writing)

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    1. thank you MARY for stopping by and for such a nice comment. I will definitely go back to it in a few weeks... I was a little frustrated when I gave it a title! lol

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  32. I can`t believe it Hilda, throwing it away? It might not look like your Granddaughter, but it is a fantastic portrait. it`s so life like. all the best my friend.
    Vic.

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by to comment, VIC!
      I did like the portrait as well...this is why I would love to figure out what I did. I won't throw it out but I'll try to see what I did wrong.
      My husband said it looks like my daughter.. not my granddaughter!!!

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  33. I love it regardless and it doesn't matter to us whether it is a likeness or not! Gorgeous!! :0)

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    1. Thank you SO much SANDRA! you just made my day!!!!

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  34. Dear Hilda - it would be such a shame to throw it away...might not be like your granddaughter but it is such a lovely portrait. Thanks for sharing.l Have a wonderful week.

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    1. thank you so much DEBBIE... I appreciate your very kind comment! Enjoy your week as well!

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  35. Did you figure out what is wrong? If not, take the painting and the reference and hold them up in front of a mirror, or upside down. The error will become obvious.

    Having said that, it is a stunning work and if it were mine, I would certainly keep it. If you find the error, you may release your frustration and maybe enjoy it as it is.

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    1. I didn't figure out what's wrong yet... I really have to put it away for awhile...I haven't tried the mirror yet....or put it upside down... but I'm on a mission... lol Have a wonderful Evening.

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  36. Too bad it's not to your liking Hilda! It's still a delightful portrait, It does not take much to loose the resemblance. I hope you're having a lovely summer so far. Hugs

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  37. thank you so much HELEN for stopping by and for your comment. I will try my best to fix it.. it has become a challenge now ..lol Have a wonderful day!!!!

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  38. It's a beautiful portrait, whether or not the likeness is there. That's always the trouble with portriats - so much involved in rendering a human face, and then you actually have to make it look like the person you're painting! I don't know her so to me it just looks like a great portrait of someone. Keep it up but please don't throw it out! ♥

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    1. thank you SO much KAREN. I did like it and will be studying it soon. I appreciate your very kind comment! and so glad you're posting again!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!

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  39. I don't know what your granddaughter looks like Hilda, but this is really a beautiful portrait. I love the composition and your technique is excellent. Put it away for a week and then look it with fresh eyes. Maybe try turning both the portrait and the reference upside down to detect some subtle differences. It would be such a shame to throw this portrait away.

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    1. thank you so much CLAIRE! Someday I will learn to put both picture and portrait together in one post..lol I will hold on to the portrait..!
      Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  40. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je comprends ce que tu peux ressentir. On se sent dépouillée, vide et on ne parvient pas à comprendre ce qui a fait qu'on en arrive là !
    Je suis assez d'accord avec Pam, je le laisserai tranquillement de côté, pas trop longtemps autrement il nuirait à ton esprit... Je suis certaine que tu vas immédiatement comprendre où cela a fait "gling" !
    En ce qui me concerne parfois mes petites femmes naissent naturellement et facilement alors que les postures ne sont pas simples et sur la pose simple d'une d'entre elles je me heurte ainsi longuement. c'est alors une lente souffrance. J'attends alors que l'oeil soit reposé pour le reprendre et tout va mieux ensuite. Etonnamment toutefois ce sont des peintures qui plaisent beaucoup.

    Si tu ne nous avais pas avoué sa non ressemblance, je ne pourrais que constater une oeuvre magnifique. Ce portrait est réellement très beau alors, je t'en prie ne le détruis pas !
    Recommence un nouveau... et conserve celui-ci aussi.

    Gros bisous ☼ ♡ ☼

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    1. Thank you MARTINE for such a nice comment. Yes, she's put away for awhile and like you said when I pick it up again, the problem will hopefully pop right out ! Glad you stopped over, my friend....Have a wonderful Evening!!

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  41. Hilda wat is deze ook weer mooi geworden petje af voor jou lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. Thank you SO much DANIELLE for stopping by and for your lovely comment.! I appreciate it!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  42. Its a lovely piece. I sometimes have the same dilemma - a nice painting but the likeness to the model is lost. But this is a work of art nonetheless and I encourage you to keep it. If you are not satisfied with the likeness, paint her again. But, surely, this is too beautifully done to discard.

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    1. thank you SUSAN for stopping by and for your very generous comment.! Like you said..that extra stroke of the pastel can make such a difference in the likeness of a portrait.
      The challenge to correct it is on! lol I won't throw her away...thank you again for your encouragement!!!

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    1. thank you so much RON! I'm so glad you stopped by to comment!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  44. Don't you dare throw it out! It's a wonderful portrait! Everything is so beautifully done, from the shaping and contrast, to the skin tones and composition, it's all beautiful. I bet it looks more like her than you give it credit for... and it's a wonderful, generous thing that you've done, to paint it!

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    1. thank you for your visit, KATHERINE! I value your comment.. I will be keeping this portrait and will work on it later on.
      It looks like her Mom so I aged her a bit. lol
      If I'm able to fix it, I'll re-post it. Glad you liked it!! Everyone is so encouraging! Enjoy the rest of the Evening.

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  45. thank you so much MARY!! you just made me so happy!!! Glad you stopped by to comment. Have a wonderful evening..

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  46. No one knows if the Mons Lisa was a good likeness either but we all like that one too!
    There is an essence of a young contemporary woman with a calm, direct gaze and we are allowed to place our own interpretation of what she is all about.
    If you ever figure out what's missing then save it for another painting. I am with everyone else!

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  47. thank you so much JULIE! Such a nice comment which made so much sense...thank you again!! So glad you stopped by.

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  48. Chère Hilda,
    Ton talent fait des merveilles une fois de plus !
    Ce portrait est sublime par sa douceur, sa beauté et sa perfection.
    Bisous.

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    1. You're so kind, OLIVIER!!! thank you for stopping by to comment..I appreciate it!!!
      Again, your portrait of Rita is outstanding!!!

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  49. Hi, Hilda, what a wonderful portrait you always create! In my view, good portraits show who s/he is, not meticulously detailed. If so, you're a wonderful portraitist who has love!!! Keep up wonderful work.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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  50. thank you so much SADAMI for stopping by to comment! You're very kind....enjoy your weekend!!!

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  51. Getting a likeness isn't easy and it can be something simple too that is wrong, otherwise a great painting.

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    1. thank you DIANA for stopping by!! It probably is that "little" something I'm doing wrong and I still can't figure it out! and I decided not to worry about it ...put it away and maybe exhibit it someday!! Enjoy the rest of the day!!!

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  52. Hilda, this portrait in Brilliant! Please don't through it out, Mary Cassat did a portrait of a woman it was a commission. The family didn't like it stating that the likeness was off. Mary Cassat was so disappointed she put it away in her closet. Today it hangs in the Met. I am sure you most know that story. So, my point , you never know.

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    1. What a great story, JOAN! I won't throw it away or worry about it....its not her but I do like it so it's put away for now! Thank you for your visit...I appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  53. I certainly can't know if it looks like her but the portrait is beautiful. Please don't throw it out.
    It will be loved by someone; it's too lovely not to garner a collector!

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    1. thank you so much SHIRLEY...you are SO kind and I appreciate your words!! You just made me smile!! Have a wonderful day!!!

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  54. You might want to hang on to this one, and do another later. Sometimes it takes more than one try to get it right. Portraits are not easy, because the finished painting needs to look like the sitter and little variances can make it or break it.

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  55. I truly value your comment, DIANA ..thank you for stopping by .. I will be sketching my portraits from now on and won't be applying the pastels so fast until I know that I like the sketch...you're so right...portraits isn't easy and one small change can make such a difference in the likeness of that person !! Enjoy this gorgeous day!

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    1. Lo agradezco tu visita y tu comentario, MARI!!
      Un abrazo fuerte!

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  57. Lovely portrait! So much beauty on her face which you have painted.

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  58. thank you PRABHA for stopping by to comment!
    I really appreciate it...enjoy the rest of the evening!!!

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  60. Love the eyes and soft texture of her skin. Just fabulous Hilda! I hope you didn't throw it out just because you find it doesn't look like your grand daughter. I find I always learn something on every piece I do, and I always find a flaw on each one of them that I can improve on...

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  61. thank you COLETTE!! It definitely is a learning experience. No, I didn't throw it out ...maybe someday I'll figure out what I did wrong...until then, it's put away... I really appreciate you stopping by.

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