Tuesday, September 07, 2010

ned

(9x12)
This could use a bit more tweaking, but here, with apologies to his parents, is my portrait of my friends' firstborn, Ned. The likeness is not great: Ned's eyes are more almond-shaped (these look like his mother's eyes!) and the jawline is maybe too narrow ... And of course, there's my perpetual downfall of not knowing what to do with a nose! (Perhaps the result of my lifelong ambivalence about my own nose?)
I remember distinctly when Ned was baby: the most beautiful baby you ever saw! And now he's a handsome fourteen-year-old.

btw: Marge Chavooshian, who I've been taking a weeklong summer workshop with for (gulp) twenty years, will be in town this coming weekend for a workshop. Despite being signed up for two other workshops this month, I can't not go see Marge! So, three workshops in a month: I don't know if  my stamina and my bank account will survive, but I'm going for it.
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10 comments:

Diana said...

HI Laura I think he looks great. You did a good job. People are difficult.. keep going. I don't do too many people.. you inspire me to try more. Diana

truerecord said...

Lisa recognized Ned immediately. And Ned gave it a big thumbs up. And, as you know, he's a little vain. Bravo.

As to over-booking your studies, relax and enjoy all this good stuff now. Later, you suffer with all that mundane money and work stuff -- or not.

laura said...

Thanks, Mike--I'm so pleased. You know, it occurred to me that though the likeness to Ned is a bit off, if you surrounded the face with dark, curly hair: it'd be Lisa! Maybe without realizing it, I painted the mother into the boy!
Next I'll find the hidden "Mikeness" in William.
But I'm especially glad Ned approves!

Barbra Joan said...

Oh, Laura I'm so glad to see you back in the swing of things. And doing 'good stuff' too .. Thanks for your comment on my hydrangea, you know how sometimes it just takes a few minutes.... (Oh, thats the secret? ) ohhhh!
BJ

Carol said...

I looked at that portrait & thought "Wow, I could never do that!" It's great!
Three workshops in a month? Good for you. I'm looking forward to meeting you at Marge's. I'll be the one making a mess of a house....

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Laura, It may not look like the ned you know but the colors are vintage you.
Workshops galore... an exercise in creative brain drain. Have fun!

Liana Yarckin said...

laura, i think this looks good. i have been told it is much harder to do a portrait of someone you know vs. a stranger. i like how you stayed loose and just captured the essence of the apologetic feeling. i like how you are so honest, too. thanks for your comment on stoli doli, it is not my favorite, that is why i am so surprised to recieve positive comments on it..

A Brush with Color said...

Well, with all this training, you're going to be growing by leaps and bounds, Laura--and you already are showing those signs! This is great! Well done. Take a bow!

RHCarpenter said...

Three workshops in one month? Oh, I hope you don't overload...and I know you'll come away knowing exactly how to do noses from Ted's workshop :)

Sandra said...

He does look really great! He reminds me a little of my own son who is nearly fourteen now. I must have a go at this :0)

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