Thursday, May 3, 2018

Going Home

A few weeks ago, I was returning from the Museum of Natural History with my family.  We took the subway to the Long Island Railroad.  This girl was SO tired and fell asleep leaning against the wall (not recommended sleeping on the subway!)   I had to take the photo and decided to paint her with oils.  I had a bit of a problem painting the reflection.. I used grey/silver to create the shine and painted her entire face.  If you know a better way, "please share".. 

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  1. A beautiful subject, so well painted! I know nothing about oils, so no help from me. Her reflection looks perfect to me.

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    1. Thank you Judy.. Apparently I don't know either...lol I still have to work on it...then I'll paint over it...that's the glory of an oil painting. Thank you again for stopping by to comment...

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  2. This looks perfect to me. No advice on reflections. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Jo...you're so kind. I'm glad you liked it.

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  3. This is a clever piece of art beautifully painted. I have no suggestions for improving such an excellent piece of work.

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    1. Awww! thank you John...you just made my day.

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  4. wow Hilda! So beautiful, her peaceful sleeping face..so serene..and her stunning scarf, the colors are sublime..magical! Truly masterful and inspiring!
    have a wonderful wkd!
    Victoria

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    1. I really enjoyed painting her. I don't think I would do the mirror reflections again... unless I understand how to do it. She was an interesting subject....So glad you liked her.

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  5. My new favorite, Hilda! Of course, I think this whenever I see one of your stunning new works! I love the reflection as it was painted - very subtle, understated, does not compete with the star.

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    1. Thank you SO much Chris... you're so kind and I'm glad you liked her...

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  6. WOW awesome painting, and I love how you got the the inspiration . Beautiful reflection and work on the scarf !

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    1. She definitely inspired me to paint her the moment I saw her. It was the perfect picture... Thank you for giving me such a nice comment...

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  7. Very wonderful portrait painting !!!

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    1. thank you SO much for stopping by to comment....SO appreciated.

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  8. My goodness Hilda, that is awesome. I wouldn't even attempt something like that.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol.. I'm sure you would do beautifully!
      So glad you stopped by.

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  9. Dear Hilda - this is a super portrait...love how you captured her gorgeous face and scarf too. Hope you are having a beautiful start to the week. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Debbie for stopping by. I enjoyed doing her scarf although, if I had to do it again, I would try to paint it a bit looser.

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  10. Una bella imagen sobre la serenidad, Hilda. Muy bonita.

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    1. Muchisimas Gracias Antonio. Tu eres muy amable.
      un saludo

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  11. Lovely .. and the reflection is great too.

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    1. Thank you so much Joan. Your comment is so appreciated...

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  12. Lovely work Hilda, you caught her and as always your skin tones are so superb. I think you did a good job on the reflections, I don't know if zinc white works the same way in oils as it does in acrylic, but it really helps to tone a color but not necessarily diminish the color. Love the scarf too.

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    1. My friend told me to put a very thin glaze over her reflected face ...I can still try it.. Thank you for your comment.

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  13. Schitterend gedaan heel mooi Hilda lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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    1. Thank you SO much Danielle. I'm so happy you liked her...

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  14. You captured her relaxed mouth and jaw. Clever you!
    Reflections, like in mirror are smaller. A fun thing to do is to have a tape measure and go to the mirror and measure top of forehead to chin - then use that measurement against your face. If you use a marker and make marks on mirror and move back - your head is always the same size and fits into those marks. Try it. Weird but fun!

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    1. When painting a portrait, I always measure, however, I didn't measure this time and you're absolutely correct!! Thank you Julie!!

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  15. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je comprends que tu aies été attirée par cette jeune femme endormie. Son visage enveloppé dans cette étoffe dépeint tant de douceur. Sa capitulation face à la fatigue lui apporte encore davantage de charme et de quiétude.
    Par cette peinture, tu transmets parfaitement le ressenti que tu as eu face à ce lâcher prise lorsque tu as décidé de la photographier.
    Bravo !
    Le travail de l'étoffe est simplement sublime.
    Mon regard est tellement concentré sur le visage de cette jeune femme que j'en oublie les reflets...
    Très joli travail ma chère !

    Gros bisous 🎀

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    1. Quel gentil commentaire, Martine. J'ai vraiment aimé peindre son écharpe ... c'était un défi depuis que j'ai essayé de le peindre parfaitement. D'une certaine manière, je me sentais désolé pour elle parce qu'elle avait l'air si fatiguée. Peut-être qu'elle revenait du travail.
      Merci encore d'être venu me faire un si gentil commentaire.
      vous envoyer des câlins ..

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  16. Dear Hilda...I am so far behind! This one, my friend is a masterpiece! At first I thought you had painted a Madonna, but read and found she was a commuter. From her head cloth to her gorgeous face you have painted a touching moment in time. The reflection is very well done. The lighting on a subway is not always the best for painting. This painting definitely tells a story!

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    1. What a nice comment, Carol. You're so kind and I appreciate your comment. My friend thought I painted a Madonna as well.. She wrapped her scarf around her head so she wouldn't touch the wall of the train. (I'm assuming..lol) but doing this made her look so Angelic. A wonderful reference photo. I hope you post a painting soon.. miss you!

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  17. This is such a nice painting, Hilda, and so realistic - a great job in capturing her relaxed pose, too - very well done!

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    1. Thank you so much Connie. I appreciate you stopping by to comment.. Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  18. Such a charming and unusual piece. Well done, Hilda.

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    1. Thank you Carol for leaving me such a nice comment. SO appreciated..

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  19. Cómo disfruta la mujer durmiendo... apoyada de esa manera en la ventana, con ese pañuelo tan hermoso. Has captado una buena imagen y has pintado un buen cuadro. Te felicito.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Qué buen comentario Josh. Disfruté pintando su bufanda. Se envolvió alrededor de su cabeza para evitar tocar la sucia pared del tren. ¡Al menos esto es lo que pienso!
      Te agradezco que pases para comentar. Tú siempre me alegras el día.
      Enviando un abrazo.

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  20. This is so ethereal Hilda, she looks almost like a tired Angel heading home after a hard days work! Beautifully done!

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    1. thank you so much Suzanne for stopping by and for your very generous comment..

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  21. Hello Hilda! I am so sorry I haven't been commenting lately on your wonderful art! Always brings me great joy to see your fantastic work! Bravo buddy!

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    1. Awww! thank you Michael. I'm glad you stopped by to comment. You made my day...

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