Friday, December 17, 2010


An unfinished painting of Peter's daughter, Melyssa. I kept fussing and fussing with the eyes, especially her right eye, until the paper had become quite exhausted with it: me too.
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RHCarpenter said...

Eyes get the best of me, too, at times. This doesn't look overworked and I love the hair and skintones and how you've modeled the face. Perhaps the eyes need to look more set into the face (more darks around)? but I wouldn't change this. It looks very good as is and I'm glad you're going back to portraits. Maybe give yourself a challenge of one a week (not too much and do-able) and see where you'll be in a year!!

Cathy Gatland said...

Such a lovely warm quality to this portrait, and to her eyes, in spite of your professed fussing (I can't tell). Your poinsettia paintings are gorgeous too, Laura -bright and fresh for the holiday season.

A Brush with Color said...

I agree--I wouldn't know you fussed and fussed on this at all. It's great, Laura! I was just thinking I'd like to get back to doing portraits as well. Once I get through the holidays, I'll have to see what I can do--you're inspiring me!

cathyswatercolors said...

It's true Laura,when I am working on a painting and find a spot that is unsatisfactory, i begin to fuss to the point that there is no return.The spot justs draws me in and i see nothing else.
This painting is far from being at that point.

entintades said...

Beautiful work Laura, nice to meet you. I follow you!

Barbara M. said...

This is just fantastic, and the fussing with the eyes does not show.
I remember that about watercolour. It's probably why I switched to canvas. It takes a heck of a lot more fussing.

XO and Merry Christmas,


Diana said...

Laura,she looks lovely, She has a soft look about her. I think she is finished. I remember one painting I did I was so sick of working on it I cut the size because I knew I was done,finished caput. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year- you do beautiful work!!, Diana

Watercolorist said...

I always enjoy your portraits and this is no exception. Eyes must be the most difficult to paint. Happy Holidays.


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