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Contemplative Lady

Romain 08 Feb 2020

Seventh painting and second portrait, on a 30x40cm cardboard canvas, with almost only Phthalo Blue (had to use more Titanium White to hide canvas defects and overscratched paint), made in 6 hours.

I think I start to develop a serious interest in this technique and face features, also taking time analyzing pictures and photographs. :) The model is a mix of inspirations on Pinterest.

On this one, I wanted to use a more challenging color and see how I could manage layers in the background. Easy to do block in the first steps pulling down the brush to make blocks of buildings, and a little bit more subtle to make cloud late in the process with a rag.

Really enjoyed getting back and forth on the subject and background items. Patience is key as you go iteratively adding and deleting tones. Don't be in a rush if you try this. :)

My only regret is the result of hair strands. I added thinner to make those, which slightly make the values strange. Lesson is, thinking back about it, is I could have stop the painting earlier. Actually, even very early, the face was right and its draft style quite amazing.

Probably going to make more with this in mind, and with an entire character.

PS: Glad I did not remove that ear. :D


dracula Power Painter

Very cool. I really like your recent versions of Contemplative Lady; they capture the spirit of the original with your own personal interpretation!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Another true beauty from you Romain, you really have a talent AND patience for these portraits. The background really adds value to the portrait itself, without taking away too much attention. The lady herself looks so alive, one can almost see her eyes blink! WELL DONE!!

Romain, this is great! It is wonderful. Portraits are so much more difficult than the landscapes. Surely try more as you seem you like it very much! I'll be looking forward to see more!

Romain Master of Portraits

Thank you all for your comments! I will keep looking for more subjects with different colors. :) It certainly would be nice to try making the Indian Girl portrait with bright and warm mixed color.

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