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Sunday, December 20, 2009

DSFDF Annual Portrait Challenge 2009
Final



'Petra Lange'
DSFDF Annual Portrait Challenge 2009
Oil 8 X 8


I am so glad that I participated in this challenge. I
was worried about the time factor considering what time
of year it is, but it was so nice to have something like
this to pull me away from all of the holiday hustle
and bustle.

If you would like to see more of my work, please
feel free to go to my web

45 comments:

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is wonderful Claire, I really like the crop and the almost amused look you gave her!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Dana. Petra had a great expression on her face in the photo I was sent, and I am hoping I did it justice!

Ruth said...

Claire, Absolutely a gorgeous job. Don't know what her photo was like, but you've handled this with such delicacy and tender strokes and have managed to capture something that has tickled Petra's fancy. You definitely did it justice. I see Petra peeking out of one of the thumbnails in your Follower grouping. I was able to do that just from studying your portrait piece. Every part is molded so well. Great shading, shapes, colors and mood!

Ruth said...

I wrote a comment. Sent it. This box came up empty and no comment under your painting. Hope it went thru. Will check back tomorrow to see. If not, will rewrite it.

Pat Koscienski said...

Great finish, Claire. Isn't it that sometimes, when time is short, we become more efficient. She will really like the way this turned out.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you so much, Ruth! I am relatively new to portraiture, and really enjoyed this challenge. With each one I do, I feel as though I learn a little bit more.
The blog gremlins are out and about again..I have had several of my comments disappear into cyberspace this evening.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Pat. I have always felt that I work best under pressure. It is amazing how we become more efficient and work 'smarter'.

Petra said...

Claire, this is wonderful!
I don't know how you did this, but it is exactly "my smile", incredible! I bet everyone who knows me will recognize me right away!
I can't wait to see our paintings together on the DSFDF blog! For now I do wish you and your family a merry x-mas and let's exchange our addresses for the swap :)))

AutumnLeaves said...

What a beautiful portrait, Claire! She is lovely and you did a wonderful job with this challenge. I am just so happy to finally have found your blog so I can enjoy your work!

Ann Rogers said...

Claire, what a wonderfully expressive portrait. Thanks for sharing your progressive steps, really love to see how other artists get from step A to the final stage!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Petra, I am so glad you like this, and that you see a likeness. I can't tell you how much fun I had doing this! My email address is cbcarnell@yahoo.com. If you email me your shipping address, I will email mine back to you. So glad we are exchanging.
Have a wonderful Christmas, and the very best to you and your family in the New Year!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Sherry - Petra is a very pretty lady, and I got a great photograph of her to work from. I enjoy following your blog also!!!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Ann. It's good for me to post in stages - it helps me to see any errors as I go. Learning so much here each time I paint another portrait.

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Claire,
This is a great portrait, really like seeing this composed on a square canvas. I love your subject's playfulness in her smile and her eyes looking into the negative space, very nice. This is such a difficult time to take on anything else, but aren't you glad you did! I didn't turn in my photo until the last day and the last hour because I was concerned about time constraints, but glad I followed through. Take care.

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful job with the challenge, Claire, and you captured a great expression.

Michelle said...

You did a beautiful job on this portrait challenge, Claire! The skin tones are lovely and I love how the light blue scarf compliments her red hair.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Yes, I am very glad I took on this challenge, Angela. This was a great learning experience, as are all of Karin's DSFDF challenges! Thank you for your very kind comments.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Edward. I am still going back and looking at yours - just phenomenal!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Michelle. When I first saw the blue bandana, I was worried that it was going to take over everything else, but it actually served as a nice cool spot to balance all of the warm skin tones.

Terri Buchholz said...

Wonderful painting Claire. Great treatment of soft rounding and warm skin tones. She's clearly a lovely girl and you did her portrait justice!

Vern Schwarz said...

Great painting Claire. I really like the warmth of this, and her smile does seem perfect. Glad to see you took the time.

maria kovalenko leysens said...

Claire, I could tell right away who this was. Nice cropping and expression.

Dean H. said...

Greta job, Claire. You really captured the whimsical look on her face. This gives the portrait great character! Well done!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Terri.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you Vern - I am glad I did too. It was definitely worth the time.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Maria - I appreciate your mentioning about the crop. I felt it really put all attention on her.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Dean, thanks for your comments. Petra had a great face, and wonderful expression to paint.

dominique eichi said...

Such a fabulous portrait. I just love it. You nailed the likeness too.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Dominique. Happy New Year!

Violetta Smith said...

Beautiful portrait. I love the way you captured her smile.

Mitzi Easley said...

You really captured her expressive eyes and the smirk on her mouth, Claire. Well done!! Happy New Year! M

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Great job. Love the expression and feeling.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Violetta. Petra said that is exactly how her smile looks, and that really made me feel as though I had some success! I had never painted anyone wearing lipstick before, and that was a challenge.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Mitzi - Petra has a great face to paint - I was very lucky!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I really enjoyed viewing the work on your blog, Dori. Thanks for your very nice comments.

Tracie Brown said...

Gorgeous Claire!! You did such an amazing job. such personality and life in her portrait! PERFECT!

Riad said...

Hi Claire,beautiful portrait. You capture her smile nicely,nice colors too.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Tracie, thank you so much for your very nice comments!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Riad.

SYLVIANE said...

Claire, as always, your painting is wonderful;this portrait is stunning, congratulations!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Sylviane - your comments are much appreciated.

Prabha N. said...

Claire, I saw the portrait the day you posted and you have painted Petra's eye-catching beauty so well! Also nailed the likeness which can be seen in the video.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving your wonderful comments.

Faith Te said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, Ms. Claire :)

Your entry is beautiful! I think you have done a wonderful job -- I especially love her lip color ;)

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Faith.

Nicole Horn-Fakher said...

Hello Claire,
very nice portrait. I like your use of colour a lot. Wish you a good New Year. :-)

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