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Old 02-09-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Camilla seated




This is Camilla,
oil on linen, 83 x 60 cm
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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Oh, Allan, this turned out to be beautiful! The cool light and the blues and greens complement Camilla's fair complexion and hair. The casual pose and daylight show her in a down-to-earth, everyday way that is enchanting.

You handled the primary and secondary light sources with such subtlety. I really admire that. And I love the way you lost the detail near the bottom where the value of Camilla's jeans and the value of the background become similar and both take on warm tones. The pose is unusual and yet so simple. It looks like you caught her the way she would really sit, with her first two fingers together and her legs crossed. One more thing: I noticed her torso is slightly twisted with respect to her lower body. Many artists use this coyly, but you did not! Bravo! It looks entirely natural. Maybe that's because she's your daughter and not a model, but it is worth studying.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:02 AM   #3
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Alex,
thank you for commenting with such insight.

The pose is natural for Camilla and I thought that it was interesting also because of the folds on her shirt, they sort of spiral around her waist and the slight twist of the body is emphasized by it.

I have replaced the original photo of the painting with another taken outside in the sun and attach a couple of details.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:04 AM   #4
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Absolutely stunning! I love your use of color in this.
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:09 PM   #5
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Allan, I am always a big fan of your paint handling and I really enjoy looking at these closeups of your work. There are so many good and intelligent decisions here - I especially like the suggestion of movement around the top of the head. Your use of texture in the lights also gives life and movement to this lovely portrait. Your technique helps describe the life and charm of your daughter and the high-key color scheme is really effective here. Congratulations on another strong painting!
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:56 PM   #6
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Thank you, Mary and Linda,

Linda, I am glad that you perceive the loose edges as movement, I had not thought of it that way, but I do try to keep the contoures open so that the shapes and colors can interact and breathe.
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Allan I live the lively way of your brush! It turned out very nice and I am happy to see that you finished the other hand equally as nice as the 1st one. Great color choices!
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This is so nice. I can feel the atmosphere of daylight around her. And I love her expression, the twist of her torso. It reads so beautifully. I always enjoy your brushwork as well.
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Allan I live the lively way of your brush! It turned out very nice and I am happy to see that you finished the other hand equally as nice as the 1st one. Great color choices!
Enzie,
I took your advice and modelled the hand further on and am glad that I did, thanks
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This is so nice. I can feel the atmosphere of daylight around her. And I love her expression, the twist of her torso. It reads so beautifully. I always enjoy your brushwork as well.
Thank you, Patty,

we have a large window, from floor to seiling, where I took the reference photos, it was almost like being outside. I think that I will try some really outside posing soon.
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