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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Karin Jurick Artist Portrait Challenge Entry

"Carol" finished portrait
6"X6" oil on canvas panel

"Carol" portrait in process

Carol's photo

This portrait is my entry in Karin Jurick's current challenge on her Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. On this blog Karin posts a new photo every three weeks and challenges artists to paint, draw, or etch it their way. Each year at the holidays, the challenge is a portrait of another artist, with Karin giving out the assignments. This is the first time I have participated, though I did David Lobenberg's self portrait challenge in August. It is definitely easier to paint someone from a photograph, than to paint while looking at yourself in the mirror!

I am editing this post (Tuesday evening) to add a process photo of Carol's portrait as well as her photograph, now that we are paired on the DSFDF blog. I don't always do a value sketch as an underpainting, but for something as complex as a portrait I think it helps keep the features in the right place. You can see that I hadn't quite gotten Carol's expression in the value sketch, and so I adjusted her smile when I applied the color layer.

27 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful portrait! Your brush strokes have such expression... love the chunky feeling to the hair.
    Kim

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  2. Bobbi, I love it!!! You did a fabulous job. I love your brushwork and the way you layered the blue over the sienna underpainting. I love the hair,the skin tones and that green streak on the side of my face. Awesome.

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  3. Bobbi,

    This is a winner! Awesome portrait. I love the eye expression coming through the glasses, the smile and the hair! No distraction from the background; it is all about the face. Great job!

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  4. Bobbi,

    This is amazing! There is such "life" in the portrait. I am so impressed. This makes me want to know this lady. I can't help but think she is full of life and fun to know. Now I want one of me 25 years ago! Love you...and Merry Christmas!

    Your cuz,

    Ann

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  5. Hello Bobbi,
    I love your portrait; how beautiful! Superb chunky brushstrokes and I love the pop of green in her shirt; very well done.

    Also, just love the photo of you painting in the boat, I've always wanted to try that...painting like Monet!

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  6. Great job, Bobbi - wonderful brushwork and colors.

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  7. Such strong and vibrant colors, this is an A plus entry!

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  8. Lots of great color, brushwork and energy! So fun!

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  9. I like this a lot! very bold and lively!

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  10. I knew who this was as soon as I saw it Bobbi...great brush work and color with lots of energy!

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  11. Great brushwork and colors.
    I knew it was Carol.
    Very nice!

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  12. wonderful portrait! It's forceful and engaging - congratulations and I hope you do future challenges on DSFDF!

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  13. Bobbi, you've done a fabulous job on this. I can see why Carol is pleased.

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  14. Great job--it's lively and love the colors!

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  15. Wonderful Portrait! You did a fine job of capturing both the likeness and the personality.
    Love your painterly style!

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  16. Beautiful skin colors and brushwork,just perfect.

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  17. wonderful work,I knew who it was right away.

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  18. Wow, such a wonderful feel of elation form your piece. So fresh looking.
    LOve it.

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  19. This is one of my favorites from the portrait challenge, what a fun interpretation! Lucky you to get such a great photo, and lucky Carol that you were the one to paint it. Can't look at it without smiling! Great, great job!

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  20. Fantastic - gorgeous colors and confident brushwork! This is wonderful.

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  21. This is one of my favorites of the bunch. Your colors and brushstrokes are masterful. And a terrific likeness to boot.

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  22. Hello Bobbi,
    wonderful work. It makes me laugh. Very nice use of colour.

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  23. Bobbi, I have been meaning to stop by and tell you how much I enjoy this one. It is so happy and you REALLY got her look plus you added punch with your color choices. This and the one of James have a kindred spirit for me, fun and colorful but really capturing the feeling of the subject. Excellent work!

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  24. Thanks everyone, for your wonderful comments! It was such fun to do this challenge. I enjoyed painting the portrait, partly because the previous portrait that I did was from life, looking at myself in the mirror. But far more fun was the experience of doing this with everyone else, visiting the DSFDF blog each day to see the new arrivals (a really high standard was set!), and getting to know Carol. I look forward to seeing a bunch of you at the next DSFDF challenge.

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  25. What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!

    Portrait Artists From Photo

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