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Old 06-10-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
Ardith Starostka Ardith Starostka is offline
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Wrapped in roses




Hi, at the request of Cynthia D., I am posting a picture of my oil painting Wrapped in Roses. It is a 20" x 28" painting of my daughter, Haley.

The times I have entered the PSA competition it has been with a painting of Haley. She must be my good luck charm! I finished the painting just in the nick of time to enter the PSA competition in Boston and to my surprise it was chosen as a finalist!

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Old 06-10-2004, 03:00 PM   #2
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Ardith, I can see why the judges liked this painting: it's beautifully and sensitively executed and the rose garland is a lovely and unexpected design element.

Congratulations!
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Old 06-10-2004, 03:30 PM   #3
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I am not surprised at all.

This is some of the best rendering of values I have ever seen.

The balance between color and light values are exemplary and I hope to see many more of your paintings.

The model and pose ain
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Old 06-10-2004, 04:08 PM   #4
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Beautiful painting Ardith! There's no suprise here at all as to why this piece was chosen. This is a lovely composition. The idea of her being wrapped in roses is a great idea. I like the harmonious coloring between the face and roses.

Congragulations!
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Old 06-10-2004, 05:51 PM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for the kind comments. I started second-guessing the roses being wrapped around her after I heard someone say that they thought the pose was too contrived. But I liked them and that's why I put them in--I thought that they added to the painting.

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Old 06-10-2004, 06:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting this, Ardie. Having seen it in real life, I can tell eveyone that it's even more beautiful in person.
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Old 06-10-2004, 11:20 PM   #7
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Ardith,

This is one of the loveliest portraits I have ever seen and is masterful in every respect. You deserve all the attention this is generating, and all Forum artists benefit and grow by your sharing of this masterpiece.

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Old 06-10-2004, 11:38 PM   #8
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Masterful and very creative! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:50 AM   #9
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This portrait would have been wonderful without the roses, but with them, it is magnificent. Simply breathtaking.
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Old 06-11-2004, 01:29 AM   #10
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Ardith, can you post closeups? And can you tell us about your working methods and your palette colors?
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