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Old 03-29-2009, 09:57 AM   #1
Peggi Habets Peggi Habets is offline
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W/C portrait of my son Jake




This is my 13-year-old son Jake. My objective was to focus on his quiet, reflective nature as well as his boyish personality. Any comments and critiques are always welcome.

This painting is 14 x 16" watercolor. It was painted from several photographs after a small pencil sketch was done for values.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Peggy,
What a strong piece! You have really captured personality and emotion. Love your use of colors, it is so unusual and fun for a child's portrait.
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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Very Strong and Creative

I agree with Patty. This is a WONDERFUL portrait! I love it!
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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You have been able to capture a very fleeting expression. Was it done from life or a photo? If a photo, you have overcome the problem of their static quality. Your painting seems fresh and alive.

Was their any particular reason for your choice of colors?
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:14 AM   #5
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Carol and Patricia,
Thank you for the comment.

Mary,
Thank you. Jake's portrait was done from several photos but I have been painting and drawing him since he was little. The colors evolved as the painting progressed. I had done a full-sized value sketch prior to starting the painting and tried to keep the values the same. The orange color came from his hair and the chair and the blue was used to complement the orange.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:05 PM   #6
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Great Portrait

This is a lovely portrait, excellent use of color. Have you ever tried oil painting?
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:44 PM   #7
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Thank you Judson. Yes, I started with oils last year and like them very much. I prefer watercolors but I think its because I feel more confident with them.
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