jennifer1I had been in Michigan all week teaching art and preparing for a show. I had paintings all ready to go, but wanted to add another one. I tried to finish it up, but I couldn’t stand my results. I decided not to enter it, but instead, I wanted to paint over it.

I was at my daughter’s house. I asked her to sit next to a window so I could get natural light. This portrait is what was painted.

Note the color of her hair and face on the left side. It is painted white because that is what I actually saw as the outside light illumnated her face. Next, look at her eyes. As the light shines through the irises, the right sides lighten up to a light yellow. There is a highlight on the eye on the left. It is on the white of the eye and crosses slightly into the iris. These techniques give life to them.

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October 26, 2009

Margaret @ 12:17 pm #

That is absolutely beautiful! You have dones such an amazing job. Probably the best portrait you’ve done so far. Jennifer is such a beautiful girl and the portrait does her justice. I’m in awe of your talent, Tom!

Jennifer @ 12:37 pm #

It really turned out well and was so fun to be able to watch the magic happen!

Christine @ 1:56 pm #

I adore this portrait. It is beautiful. I also liked how you explained your technique.

Elaine @ 4:52 pm #

WOW I got chills when I saw this! GREAT JOB! I sure miss your Jen!

Susie @ 7:43 pm #

WOW!! This is one of your BEST, Tom!

November 3, 2009

jared @ 8:11 am #

very nice likeness!

November 23, 2009

Marilyn Richhart @ 12:04 am #

I Love your work! it’s beautiful!

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