Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FINALLY!

























Catherine (detail)  18x24" oil on canvas
SOLD

Finally! I know I said that already. This is the commission that Tim brought home for a co-worker for me to do maybe as long as a year before he left us. Thank you Helena for being so kind, patient and understanding and giving me as much time as I needed to complete this.

I had done a pastel painting of Catherine's sister eons ago and their father wanted a portrait of Catherine as well. The other portrait, painted on 18x24" pastel paper was difficult to match on canvas and in oil. I painted the canvas black and then sort of matched the Canson paper the other portrait is painted on. When doing portraits in pastel, I often left the paper as background, an effect I really liked.

I did the first portrait so long ago that this little girl is all grown up, married and just produced a little girl of her own. Celestial speed up indeed!

26 comments:

  1. You achieved what you set out to do, Suzanne.At first glance I thought it was a pastel portrait!I am sure they will be very happy with it, well done.

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  2. I can't imagine that they would not be thrilled. You captured a wonderful expression; this little girl looks like she has a lot of personality!

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  3. So sweet! Maybe some day you'll do their children!

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  4. Wow, It was certainly worth the wait!Her youthful energy and emotion just springs from the painting! Just marvelous :)

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  5. That's a beautiful story, and I love the fact that this family has your artwork occupying an important place in their home and in their history. that's more rewarding than any monetary amount could ever be. The portrait is fantastic, adn the process you described very professional and efficient. Well done!

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  6. Beautiful story, beautiful painting, beautiful Suze. :) SO happy to see you painting again. This is a truly sensitive and beautiful portrait. S often big grins end up horrifying when painted, except when master artists paint them. Which you are my friend. She is sweet and beautiful. Wonderful work.

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  7. How amazing, Suz! You do great work and I know Tim is grinning ear to ear and giving you two thumbs up!

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  8. Oh my! This was absolutely worth the wait! It is probably the best portrait I've seen from you yet - and that's despite the fact I didn't think they could get any better!!
    I love the skin tones, the highlights across her face, her beautiful eyes, that hair thingy... Well, I love it ALL!
    Really Suz - your talent is simply AMAZING!!! :0)))

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  9. wOw. You've breathed life into this portrait, my friend.
    Wonder*full work.
    Bren

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  10. Hello Suz!... Another WOWZER! You capture the innocence... the dancing spirit and freshness of this wee flower!

    You as well answer another question: "Where have all the flowers gone..."

    Your answer is perfect.All beautiful flowers bloom and then pass on their seed... to create more flowers... keeping alive eternal Hope... that Creation is not a dead end!

    N'est-ce pas vrai? J'espere que ca!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  11. Suzanne, two in a row! Keep going!!! :-)

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  12. Gunkie, I cannot stop looking at the portrait! She is SO alive!!! Her skin, her hair, her expression ... Fabulous!!! You really did a superb job of having the background appear as pastel paper. Is she REALLY all grown up with a family of her own?????
    Big hugs to you, Suz!! XX

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  13. Suzanne, You have accomplished a great deal with this portrait. I agree with Studio at the Farm. The portrait is alive and so perky. The young girl is darling. You took on quite a project and succeeded beautifully! Congratulations.

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  14. yes, Suz, she does breathe!Congrats on the completion!

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  15. Suzanne, this is a fantastic portrait! It almost looks like a photo..I can't imagine painting a portrait in oils..you have perfect skin tones and wonderful colors..Congratulations!!!!
    A WINNER!!!!

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  16. Gosh it is just beautiful! Amazing job Suzanne.

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  17. I thought I had left a comment. It is worth saying again. This is amazing and to get the mouth looking so natural in an open smile just made my jaw drop. Your work is fantastic. You know Tim is so proud.

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  18. Well done, Lady! My hat is off to you for painting the teeth... always an enormous challenge. You pulled it off gloriously.

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  19. wait. You emulated the Canson paper .....in paint?? Did I read that right? (I think I did...I read it three times). You did an outstanding job on the entire portrait...but I am totally impressed with your "matching" the look of the pastel. That is so cool. She is very cute...and I agree with the others, I don't understand how you painted that big smile and made it look so great. Soooooo great!

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  20. This is just wonderful! I love how you captured that ever so fleeting childhood innocence in her face. The look that screams of long, happy summer days, slumber parties, ice cream and so much more! So sweet and carefree and beautiful. It's perfect, Suz, just perfect! And it makes me really ache to want to try my hand at painting portraits too. So inspiring!

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  21. I am so impressed because this one looks like a pastel - the skin texture and tone are wonderful Suz! Amazing!!

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  22. Just as I'm thinking you're work can hold no more surprises for me, you surprise me!!! How on earth you can create a pastel-look using oils defies understanding. Amazing work Suzanne .... Amazing.

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  23. Hi Suz
    Sorry we are sooo late- were kinda behind...
    AGAIN you did absolutely amazing!
    love
    tweedles

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  24. Hi Suz,

    So glad to see you working, once again your portraits are amazing. Love Catherine, it's brilliant.

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  25. I am sure it was worth the wait. A wonderful painting that brings "Tom Sawyer" like thoughts to my mind. I really love how you simulated the pastel paper as background.

    So nice to see you working again and thanks so much for your comments on my blog.

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