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Friday, December 18, 2009

Different Strokes Portrait Challenge


9 X 12
oil on masonite
This truly was a challenge. Not knowing the subject and only having one picture for reference, I found myself worrying about capturing her image as well as pleasing this person. As with every challenge presented on Karin Jurick's wonderful site, Different Strokes from Different Folks, I learned a lot during this exercise and realize I set the bar of expectation for myself higher with each painting. Subsequently, I had to do a couple of tries and several reworkings of this portrait before I held my breath and sent one in. Thanks again Karin, for lending what has to be an enormous chunk of her time to host and execute this blog. I know I speak for all involved, that it is a wonderful way to learn, to stretch and grow, to be inspired and support one another in our shared passion for art. And Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukka to everyone reading this.

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful piece for DSFDF. It came out great

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  2. You are always so kind Dominique, Thank you.

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  3. You did a fantastic job on this challenge. I love how you painted the background too!

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  4. I think you did a fantastic job on this portrait! I know the artist will be more than pleased. It's beautiful!

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  5. Great job with the challenge, Terri. You captured a wonderful expression.

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  6. Great expression and well executed, am sure the artist will be very well pleased with your interpretation.

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  7. Claire, Tracie, Gwen, Edward, and Ann - Thank you all for your kind comments.

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  8. Beautiful portrait Terri. I like the way you modeled her face and gave her such a warm smile.

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  9. Thanks so much Vern and I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

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  10. I love that you were thinking about pleasing the portrait subject, I felt the same way! And it is hard to do that with only a snapshot to go by. I think yours is very pleasing, she looks like a lovely person. Really nice job. And thanks so much for your comments to the rest of us. (And for the encouragement to do more DSFDF challenges!)

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  11. Exact likeness or not, this is a delightful portrait...well done!

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  12. Thank you Bobbi and Dana for your comments and congratulations to you both again for your entries. And also an additional congrats to you Dana for having your painting highlighted in Charley Parker's article about this challenge!

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  13. Hi Terri! Your portrait for the challenge has a nice warmth and glow to it. I like the wintery feel you added. DSFDF is the right train to ride. You meet such nice and genuine people.

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  14. Terri, you are quite the portraitist yourself. This is lovely as is the one below of your friend. Hope to see lots more like these here on your blog!

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  15. It's fantastic! I agree with Camille - your portraits are wonderful.
    Happy New Year
    Liz

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  16. Pattie, Camille, & Liz, thank you and bless your hearts!

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  17. Good job! I like the little polka dots in the background, too.

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  18. Nicely done. I keep telling myself I should try masonite. I've been standing in front of big panels of it at Home Depot but just can't bring myself to do it. Anyway, nice job - your use of blues and grays really unified the piece.

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  19. What a beautiful portrait!and she looks so kind!
    Bravo,Terri!

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