Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Intermission

A few years back, at the Rockville Center Dance Recital, this little girl was resting during an intermission.  She had a sweet face and looked beautiful with her costume.  I decided to paint this in oils....which was a bit challenging since I have a difficult time mixing colors... Basically one of my first oil portraits and I will be practicing with more in the future.  Please feel free to critique!  I'm a big girl...lol

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  1. Remarkable that this is your first oil portrait, your a brave girl, Hilda. The eyes and mouth are often the problem, but they are first-class. I'm always impressed with your 'hair' you really understand how it works.

    I'm sure the parents would want to buy this from you if you gave them the chance.

    Looking forward to the next one now!

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    1. Thank you so much John. Yes, the first portrait in oils..maybe my next will be a little easier? lol I did enjoy painting the hair and have to say I love the creaminess in oils and the fact that the oils don't dry fast..so it gives you that chance to change things around...

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  3. Superbe. Bravo Hilda !
    Je te souhaite une bonne année.

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    1. thank you so much Olivier! Your comment means a lot to me!

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  4. This is super, your portraits get better and better. Good job in oils as much as I favor your pastels. :)

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    1. thank you Jo! I would like to do another portrait in oil someday.. maybe it will get easier..lol

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  5. I was teaching this morning about the eyeball being round and so many do not paint it so it looks that way and along comes this post. This is a wonderful example of a ball in socket. You have nailed the ellipse of the corneas perfectly! Well done. Love everything about her.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie for such a nice comment. Something about painting eyes that I love, no matter what medium it is.

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  6. Oh Hilda - she is so lovely. You would never know that you struggle with mixing colors because these couldn't be better. The neutral background you used really makes her sweet face come forward. Hope to see more of your oils in the coming year. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I do struggle but it seems to be getting better. I just finished another painting in oils that I'm posting today!

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  7. You don't need a critique - you need encouragement to do MORE! This is just lovely, Hilda!!

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    1. Awwww! such a nice comment. Thank you so much Chris...I will do another someday!!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing your next oil painting because this one is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for a nice comment...I appreciate it !!

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  9. So many positives! The expression, the hair, and the sheer pink shirt. Wow! So nice!

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  10. Wow Hilda. There isn't much wrong with this. You did an extraordinary job. You always do such lovely skin tones and that certainly translated. What color did you use as your shadow color(s)? I think we need to see more oils from you. Lovely.

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    1. thank you so much Nelvia for stopping by to comment! I had a bit of problems getting that right skin tone...mixing this with that...lol so I couldn't tell you the colors I used!! Next time I do a portrait in oil I would like to document the colors....

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  11. Wonderful painting, Hilda.........and she looks quite dedicated to her task.

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    1. thank you so much Carol!! She was patiently waiting during intermission...a definite cutie!!

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  12. Hilda, this is damn good for a "rookie"! You have captured such an intriguing expression on her face.
    Kathryn

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    1. thank you SO much Kathryn! I'm glad I tried the portrait in oils ...I'll do another someday! I think it will be easier the second time around...

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  13. Buen retrato, muy expresivo.

    Feliz año, Hilda.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Olga. Lo agradezco tu comentario!!!
      Feliz ano Nuevo!!!! Un abrazo!

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  14. Everything is beautiful about this portrait, the look in her eyes, the lips, the work on her hair...just stunning !

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    1. thank you so much Jane! You just made my day!!

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  15. Well done, Hilda! I would not have guessed this is your first oil portrait; it's grand. You've rendered the forms, the facial planes, and the features all beautifully. It's a winner!

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    1. Thank you so much...What a nice comment Helene! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  16. This is really lovely! You captured that look on her face so perfectly! Your skin tones and the shading on her hair are well done!

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    1. Thank you so much Joan!! I'm glad you stopped by to comment.!

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  17. A lovely painting Hilda! Shés so sweet and I just love the transparency of her costume. well done, hugs

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    1. thank you so much Helen! I'm glad you liked it!!

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  18. Ik vind het echt prachtig geworden weet je ik zie weinig verschil ik dacht dat je deze ook met soft pastel had gemaakt lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. thank you SO much Danielle! I'm glad you stopped by!! SO appreciated!!

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  19. Oh Hilda, I've been waiting for your next post - and it's just lovely! You've captured an intense moment in this little girl's life - makes me wonder what she's thinking. It's so adorable!

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    1. thank you so much Connie for your generous words. I'm so glad you liked this portrait!

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  20. Hilda, this is a really beautiful portrait!

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    1. thank you Linda! I appreciate you stopping by to comment...

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  21. Bonjour chère Hilda,

    Un choix judicieux avec ce magnifique portrait ! J'aime la manière que tu as travaillé le voile de son vêtement.
    La bouille de cette petite fille est sublime. Il n'est pas simple de capturer l'innocence et tu l'as superbement réussi.
    Je crois que ton idée de peindre à l'huile davantage me ravit déjà.
    J'ai hâte de voir ta prochaine oeuvre.

    Gros bisous

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    1. thank you Martine for stopping by to comment. You're so kind. I loved painting the transparency of her costume! I have to say it would have been easier with pastels..lol I will be doing another portrait in oils "someday"..

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  22. Wow, Hilda this is amazing! She looks so alive and her hair... well I could almost touch it! Beautiful! :0)

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    1. thank you so much Sandra!!! I value your comment.. Enjoy your day!!

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  23. Very wonderful portrait painting with so nice colours !!!

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    1. thank you SO much for your lovely comment. Have a wonderful day!

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  24. Truly beautiful Hilda, your art is always inspiring and so outstanding!
    Wishing you a sparkling 2017!
    Victoria

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    1. Awwww! What a nice comment Victoria..I appreciate you stopping by! Happy New Year!!

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  25. Hilda, I simply love your portraits. The hair, her delicate costume and her gaze. Remarkable job!!

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    1. thank you so much Celia!! You're very kind...Hugs.

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  26. What an accomplished portrait - it blows my mind that this is your first portrait in oils! You are such a wonderful artist - no matter the medium!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. Your comment means so much to me. Its always nice to hear those words...hugs.

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  27. This portrait is beautiful. I was surprise to hear that it is oil. I'm so used to seeing you use pastel. You work beautifully in both mediums.

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy! I am surprised myself! lol. I think next time it will be a bit easier but I do want to put down the colors I use since I still have problems with that!
      Enjoy this cold but beautiful day!

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  28. As usual my friend. A brilliant portrait Hilda. All the best.
    Vic.

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  29. thank you so much Victor!! I've missed you and your work..hope you are well. I'm glad you stopped by to comment!

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  30. Hilda, you have totally blown me away with this one! The highlight in her eyes give her life and I expect to hear her breath! You handle painting hair as well in oil as you do with pastel! Fabulous job - beautiful portrait!

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  31. Thank you Rosemary!! You just made my day with your comment!!!

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  32. Oh, my goodness, Hilda! This is truly magnificent! Every detail is perfection from hair to costume! You have such a great gift! I hope her family was able to see the result! There is so much expression in her face.

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  33. What a nice comment Carol!!! I'm not sure if I'll ever paint another portrait in oil.. And maybe I will...when I need a challenge!...lol. It's been quite a few years since I took this reference photo of this little girl and I have asked my granddaughter if she knew her but she didn't .. I was thinking of taking it to the dance studio to see if anyone recognizes her..I would gladly give it to her...

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  34. Detailed are great and the high lites 👍👍

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