Friday, June 5, 2015

Rembrandt Study

This is my first portrait in oils.  And what a challenge it was!
I don't know how you all paint with oils! lol...I had so many problems mixing colors.  I decided to paint a self-portrait of one of my favorite Artist - Rembrandt.  As you know, he painted so many self-portraits and since I love his style I used this as a study for my next oil portrait.   The title is "Self portrait with a Gorget".   I was curious to know what a Gorget was....it's the Armor that protects the throat and shoulders.   I learn something every day!

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  1. Oh, my goodness, Hilda! This portrait of Rembrandt is spectacular! So beautiful that he could have painted it himself. Great work!!!

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    1. Thank you Darla for such a nice comment. I'm so glad you liked it! It was definitely a challenge but I enjoyed painting him.

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  2. Oh my gosh! The blended edges and colors and everything... it's awesome! I'd say you are a natural with the oils!

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    1. Thank you so much Katherine. I'm so happy you like it! I think I'll do a little better with my next oil portrait. I've been studying books on "how to mix colors".

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  3. Estupendo estudio, Hilda, el color muy acertado. Felicidades!!
    Besitos

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    1. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado este retrato de Rembrandt! Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario, Olga! Un abrazo!!

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  4. Nice work, Hilda!! And now I know what a cutie Rembrandt was too! And learned a new word. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry for stopping by to comment! I appreciate it !!!

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  5. Fantastic Hilda. You did a beautiful job with the flesh tones and the curly hair!

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    1. Thank you Carol for your visit and for your very nice comment! I find painting hair with oil harder than painting in pastels...lol

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  6. Wonderful work Hilda. Love the textures and tones. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much my friend! I'm so glad you stopped by to comment...you're very kind!

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  7. Wow! Hilda, an oil. Good on you mate. You are very versatile i must say. It is a great portrait as well Hilda. More please. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you Vic for such a nice comment. I'm glad you stopped by! Enjoy your day!

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  8. First off Hilda, kudos to you for going after oils. Always hardest when you are trying it for the first time. But, wow, what a result. You may have struggled with the color mixing but you brought your beautiful complexions with you. The smooth of the leather on the Zhou,see contrasts with the fabric. Just so well done, and to tho k it is first, boy can't wait for what is coming next. Way to go girl.

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    1. I really look forward to doing "my own" portrait in oils. I think it will be of my granddaughter Bianca...she's a cutie! I've been practicing blending! lol

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  9. Looks like your going to be a natural in oils, Hilda. This is spectacularly good. Wow1

    love it when people move into the unknown like this, and succeed, it shows the way to others - like me - who have never painted in oils

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    1. I thought I would move onto oils rather than watercolor....I will "never" paint with watercolors...it boggles my mind how anyone can paint with them...lol. (so difficult) I'm so glad you liked it and thank you for stopping by!

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  10. Un buen trabajo manejas el oleo con la maestria que nos tienes acostubrados con el pastel, personalmente me gustan mucho los autoretratos de Rembrand ese fundido de la parte en sombra con el fondo del cuadro tan personal.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Tina por tu comentario muy amable...lo agradezco! La parte en sombra es que me gusta mucho en un retrato.
      Un poco mas interesante! un abrazo!!

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  11. A beautiful painting, made by you with mastery! Bravo, dear Hilda, with oil and pastel, very precious hand!

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    1. thank you so much Rita for your very beautiful comment ...I appreciate it!

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  12. Spectacular I would say, Hilda, look forward to more oils from you!

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    1. thank you so much Padmaja. You're so kind... I will definitely paint with more oils...

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  13. Wow, I am really impressed that this is your first time using oils! A great portrait!

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    1. thank you Judy for such a nice comment. I've painted landscapes but this is my first portrait..
      I've always been scared to take the plunge. lol

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  14. Bravo, Hilda! I would never think this was your first portrait in oils. The skin tones are exquisite! Beautifully done! I look forward to the portrait with gorget :)
    Kathryn XX

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    1. Thank you so much Kathryn for stopping by and for leaving me such a nice comment! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  15. Magnífico retrato Hilda. Estás preparada para cualquier otro retrato... pero... tu ya sabes hacer retratos! No es el primero, aunque en óleo, tal vez sí. Me gusta mucho!!
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Tu eres muy amable Josh! Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario!!! Lo agradezco!
      Un abrazo fuerte!

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    1. thank you so much Ash. I appreciate you stopping by to comment...

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  17. Dear Hilda, you made an amazing work, the skin color is perfect , and love the glance !

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    1. thank you Jane for such a nice comment.. I really appreciate you stopping by.! I did like that pose so much!

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  18. Hilda, you did a great job here! I love your talent! :)

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  19. Hilda, you did a great job here! I love your talent! :)

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    1. thank you so much Linda for stopping by to comment! You're very kind!!

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  20. Very nice job on this!! Just curious...why oils and not pastels?

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    1. thank you so much Joan for your very nice comment. I thought it would be a good idea to "try" a portrait in oils. I love the way it looks and its nice to be able to frame without glass.
      Enjoy your day!

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  21. Amazing work Hilda! Stunning work with the skin tones, you are a natural!

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    1. thank you Celia for such a nice comment... you just made me smile...

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  22. I would never have guessed it was your first attempt! Fabulous! :0)

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    1. thank you Sandra! I really appreciate your very kind words! Have a wonderful day!

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  23. Wow Hilda this is truly awesome. Such great talent you have friend. You would never guess you had any trouble painting with oils!

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    1. thank you so much Debbie...you're so nice... yes I had a lot of problems and it was a challenge but a fun challenge!

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  24. Truly amazing . . . looks like you've been painting in oils for a long time! Glad you enjoyed the medium!

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    1. thank you so much Theresa. I'm so glad you liked it...I really enjoyed painting with oils....
      Hopefully my second won't give me problems.lol....

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  25. You are something else! This is your FIRST portrait in oils? Be still my heart!!! Hilda, this is fantastic. The lighting has been captured amazingly, and the skin is perfectly life-like! Rembrandt would be so pleased!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Carol! I appreciate your very generous comment. I always loved his style so hopefully I can carry it through in one of my paintings. You just made my day!

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  26. Carol Flatt said everything I thought. I guess I'll hang up my brush. Beautiful understanding of the medium.

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    1. thank you Linda for your wonderful comment.
      I love your latest works my friend. We need to see more of them! Glad you stopped by!

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  27. A stunner, Hilda. You were up to the challenge!! Put a frame on it!!!

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    1. thank you SO much Chris! I value your comments!!! Yes, its finished! Glad you stopped by.

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  28. Good for you! This is a fabulous painting.
    Your skill with edges and colors are evident even though it is your first oil. Same principals are used I guess.Hope you do some more.

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    1. thank you so much Julie! I appreciate your comment and your visit... I know you're busy with your workshops. Enjoy your day!!!

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  29. Well, Hilda - no matter the medium, you hit it out of the park - lovely skin tones! You are definitely an oil painter!

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    1. What a nice comment, Connie. Thank you!
      I enjoyed painting in oils even though my pastels are my #1 love. Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  30. WOW!!! this is your first oil?? seems you handle them with the same skill you have with the pastels!! amazing!

    and thank you so much for the kind words on the steemas!! much appreciated!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne for such a nice comment.! I appreciate your visit! Your last painting is amazing...I can't believe the details in it! Enjoy the rest of the day.

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  31. Mom, I am truly impressed with your first oil. I hope it won't be your last!

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment, daughter!!

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  32. This is sure nice, Hilda. Keep it up!

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  33. I really love this Hilda! Such deep rich color and a really nice face.

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  34. I really love this Hilda! Such deep rich color and a really nice face.

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Lisa!!

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  35. Hello Hilda!:) I hope you had a very nice Easter. Your Rembrant portrait is brilliant!:) I wonder how long it took you to paint this portrait in oils, a médium you are not used to, but I wouldn't have guessed that it was your first attempt. I love it Hilda!:) Warm Regards.

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  36. Thank you for your nice comment on my Rembrandt study! SO appreciated!!

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