Monday, September 13, 2010


Still not happy with the lips, but I've crossed over into the ill-advised tampering mode so really must stop!
I painted this 140lb. Fabriano paper--my comfort zone--and can see why Ted Nuttall recommends you work on 300lb paper ... All my fiddling around the lips has bruised the paper ... But now that I see it here, on the blog, I realize I will go back, one more time, maybe tomorrow when the paper's totally dry and attempt a small, the smallest possible, adjustment.
Tomorrow afternoon I'm off to Delaware; the Nuttall workshop begins Wednesday.
I think I'll reattempt this Cimabue-like pose of Melyssa on 300lb paper.

Melyssa's brother Pete pointed out that I didn't paint Melyssa's freckles! I thought about it, but I'm not ready for that yet: can you imagine trying to paint freckles--not too many, not too few; not too speckly, not too birthmarky ...? Maybe Ted will have some suggestions; Pete thinks I should go for it.
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Carol said...

I think the portrait looks beautiful, especially her eyes! Have a great time in Delaware!

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Laura, I'm sure you'll be able to fix it once totally dry. Maybe it will have to stay a little bruised as you put it. Anyway you put it, it's wonderful.

Janie B said...

Looks good to me! I've never used 300 lb. paper. That would be fun.

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

300 lb paper would be nice. You seem to be on a roll with portraits.

Ressa (ressamac on Twitter) said...

This is lovely, Laura. For freckles, what about dipping an old toothbrush in gold and just scratching over it with your thumb?

Sparrowhawk said...

lovely rendering of shadow and light..lips seem fine!

Annelein said...

Have fun in the Nuttall workshop..he's coming to VT next summer and I'm signing can't wait for some feedback on your blog about his class! Enjoy.

A Brush with Color said...

Great job, Laura! Have a great time in the workshop--I can't wait to see what things you come up with. I'll be at a grad fair at Vassar on Wednesday, and I'll think of you...Your work is really lovely in these latest portraits!

Frank said...

Lovely lighting on the face here Laura, but a little overworking on hair/background.
Ressa has beat me to the toothbrush idea, but I think it would better than trying to be too accurate painting every little freckle.
Even 300gsm has buckled on me at times without being stretched. Our local art shop stocks 400gsm, but I've never tried it.

Margaret Bednar said...

I am a beginner and have a lot of learning to do - but I only paint on 300 or above - I use front and back and I LOVE it. Dick Blick's prices are pretty good - especially if you buy in quantity. And i think you are really doing amazing work with your portraits - you are capturing personality and moments quite well.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laura,

This is a glorious portrait. Wonderful!
XO Barbara


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