Nothing seems to expose problems in a painting like the old artist's trick of looking at it in a mirror. It's amazing what jumps out as obvious when you do that. In a similar way, taking a photograph and studying it later is just as effective. After I made my original post of this particular painting, I saw several problems that bugged me and needed attention. I think I have everything straightened out now.
I like this particular portrait study. The blonde hair came out well....I stopped when I should have, successfully resisting the urge to start being clever and over painting it, as I often do. The result is a light, airiness that feels authentic. The coloring came out better that usual as well. The eyes are in deep shade which was quite a challenge to recreate. It was a test of painting values. I also like the background. I felt there were some lessons learned on this one.
|Suchitra's Model No. 2 12" x 9" Oil on linen panel|
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