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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stephanie's Portrait, final

I typed "final" in the heading knowing full well that in a few days I might be reworking or changing a few areas. Working with a new medium is tough like that. You don't have the know how to know when you're done. At least that's the case with me. If this were a watercolor, I'd sign it, photograph it and frame it the same week. Done. With oil painting, you have the whole drying stage which lets you stare at a painting for weeks, finding flaws or second guessing choices. Anway, here's the "final" image.

11 comments:

hbedrosian said...

Beautiful finish - I really like the harmony of colors throughout this portrait. It was very interesting to read your step-by-step process, too.

Manon Doyle said...

Awesome painting Peggi! I love the tattoos! I don't think I've ever used the word final....LOL!

Katriena said...

This is beautiful.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Holly, Thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the woderful portraits of your husband and of the curators. Manon, so true! I just looked at the portrait today and thought, hmm, just a few more brushstrokes on that one area...it never ends! :-)
Katriena, Thank you!!

Alvin R. said...

You are a brilliant portait painter. Painting portrait goes beyond drawing a face, it's more about capturing the essence of a person and a mood.....this you do with great ability. Great Blog, very informative, thanks for sharing a part of your world, and for the comment left on my blog.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Much appreciated Alvin. I had a great time looknig through your artwork, especially the book series. So clever.

Susan Donley said...

Others have said it, too, but it bears repeating: Just beautiful! Her smile lights up her face and you've drawn our eyes right to it with glowing color and by wrapping her up in her own arms! Love the repeating shapes and color harmony of tattoos, hair, and artwork in the background. Nice job!

I know what you mean about "final" -- I can never stop fussing, it seems, until it's out of the studio and behind glass. I've built that into my process, in fact. After I declare a piece done, I prop it up on a display easel where I can see it as I putz around working. A couple days later, I usually know what needs to be done to "finish" it -- but then I still get itchy fingers every time I look at it, wanting to just add a little something! ;-)

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

This is such a work of art! I recreate tattoos and they can be so involved. Your work here is excellent!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Susan, Thanks. I like what you wrote about "wrappng herself up in her own arms". As for being finished, I did what you said you do, propped it up for a few days and then realized I needed to give the artwork in the background a frame of sorts. I like it much better now.

Robin, thank you. It was fun painting the tattoos and how the ink would look in different lighting situations on her arms.

Sandy said...

This is wonderful!! I love your blog. I'll be back to see more.

I am amazed at how beautiful your work is.

Theresa Rankin said...

I just had to comment on this one....it is stunning and the tattoo looks like so much fun to paint! In defense of the age old drying business...take a look at Richard Schmid and his book Alla Prima. I try to paint in the same manner (being an oil painter) which means basically "all at once". Most of my paintings are done in about one to three days sometimes four for very large paintings. Many of your water color techniques can be used with oil paint and thinner or medium!